ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — Tyson has decided to expand its animal
welfare requirements to its beef and chicken suppliers.
The Des Moines
Register said a Tyson manager told Iowa cattle producers recently
that they must meet the requirements next year if they want to sell to
Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson.
In October 2012, Tyson announced it was requiring hog
producers to humanely care for their animals and said at the time that it would
expand the program to include chicken and cattle farms by January 2014.
Tyson beef supply chain manager Lora Wright told about 50
cattle producers at the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association’s convention in Altoona
that the treatment guidelines are being driven by Tyson customers that include
McDonald’s and Whole Foods.
A third-party auditor will visit farms to ensure compliance.
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