(NAFB)--Tyson Foods has announced the formation of an independent Farm Animal Well-Being Advisory Panel. The members of the panel will serve as advisers to the company’s FarmCheck program - a comprehensive initiative designed to ensure responsible care and overall well-being of farm animals. According to Tyson - the panel members are leaders in their fields and were invited to serve because of their demonstrated interests across a broad range of issues related to raising farm animals responsibly. They will help determine research priorities and suggest ways to improve the audit program - which was launched in October of last year to focus on a broad array of animal well-being issues.
The FarmCheck program includes auditing the treatment of animals at livestock and poultry farms that supply the company, using research to identify potential new and better methods for animal care and handling and reaffirming Tyson’s commitment to animal well-being issues with a dedicated senior management team. According to Tyson President and CEO Donnie Smith - the FarmCheck program continues a long-standing commitment to responsible farm animal care. Smith says the Advisory Panel will help shape the future of the program and ensure its effectiveness.
[Members of the panel include: Ryan Best, 2011-2012 National FFA President; Anne Burkholder, cattle feedlot owner; Ed Cooney, Executive Director of the Congressional Hunger Center; Gail Golab, Ph.D., DVM, Director of American Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Welfare Division; Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Colorado State University Professor of Animal Science; Karl Guggenmos, Johnson & Wales University Dean of Culinary Education; Tim Loula, DVM, co-founder and co-owner of Swine Vet Center in St. Peter, Minnesota; Miyun Park, Global Animal Partnership Executive Director; Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., National Chicken Council Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs; Richard Raymond, M.D., former U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Food Safety; Janeen Salak-Johnson, Ph.D., University of Illinois Associate Professor in Animal Sciences; Janice Swanson, Ph.D., Michigan State University Chair and Professor, Animal Behavior and Welfare; and Bruce Webster, Ph.D., University of Georgia Professor of Poultry Science.] a