We use the animal welfare guidelines from the National Turkey Federation and the Global Food Safety Initiative guidelines for food safety as the auditing criteria for our hatcheries, grower farms and processing plants, and we consistently score in the highest category.
In fiscal year 2014, 962 internal audits were conducted by the Jennie-O Turkey Store live production quality assurance department, as well as 57 production National Turkey Federation audits by live production managers and supervisors.
Daily internal audits in our processing facilities conducted by quality assurance and operations personnel help us maintain the highest animal care practices. In fiscal year 2014, four external audits were performed by outside auditors in our processing facilities. Internally, we participated in eight formal audits and 115 audits were conducted by company management at our processing facilities on an unannounced, random basis.
To learn about animal care at Hormel Foods, visit the Animal Care section of our corporate site.