GARNER, N.C. – December 29, 2011 – At Butterball, LLC, our number one priority is to provide for the health and well being of our birds in order to produce safe and nutritious product for consumers.
We are currently working with Hoke County government officials regarding allegations of animal cruelty at a farm in North Carolina. Butterball takes these allegations very seriously and fully supports the efforts being made on the part of officials.
Butterball has a zero tolerance policy for any mistreatment of our birds or the failure to immediately report mistreatment of our birds by any associates. We are performing extensive internal and third-party audits as part of our own investigation. Employees found in violation of Butterball’s animal welfare policies will be subject to immediate termination.
Animal welfare is central to Butterball, and we are committed to the highest standards to ensure that all turkeys processed for consumption are treated in a humane manner. Animal welfare programs in place within our company cover all aspects of growing, loading, transporting and processing birds. All associates are trained as to proper handling and care of the birds and have signed a statement saying that they will report any abuse observed; failure to report abuse is in violation of company policy.
Butterball animal welfare programs go through stringent internal audits and are audited yearly by the Agricultural Marketing Service, a division of the United States Department of Agriculture. Additionally, we have six veterinarians on staff who continuously work to assure the health and well being of the birds.
About Butterball, LLC:
Butterball, LLC is the largest producer of turkey products in the United States. Headquartered in Garner, N.C., Butterball produces 1 billion pounds of turkey each year, and the company supplies its products to more than 50 countries. The industry leader has six plants located throughout the United States.
For more information about Butterball, visit www.butterballcorp.com. You can also call 1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372) for answers to your most puzzling questions about turkey preparation.