SPRINGDALE, Ark., May 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As part of Tyson Foods' (NYSE:TSN) commitment to proper treatment of farm animals, today the company announced the formation of an independent Farm Animal Well-Being Advisory Panel. Members will serve as advisers to the Tyson FarmCheck program, a comprehensive initiative designed to ensure responsible care and overall well-being of farm animals.
Each panel member is a leader in his or her field and was invited to join the panel because of their demonstrated interests across a broad range of issues related to raising farm animals responsibly. Panel members will help to determine research priorities and suggest ways to improve the audit program. Their participation is not a public endorsement of the FarmCheck program, Tyson Foods or any specific animal well-being program.
Tyson Foods launched the FarmCheck program initiative in October 2012 to focus on a broad array of animal well-being issues. In addition to the advisory panel of experts, 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
- reaffirming Tyson's commitment to animal well-being issues with a dedicated senior management team
- Ryan Best, 2011-2012 president, Future Farmers of America
- 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., professor of animal science, Colorado State University
- Karl Guggenmos, dean of culinary education, Johnson & Wales University
- Tim Loula, DVM, co-founder and co-owner of Swine Vet Center in St. Peter, Minnesota
- Miyun Park, executive director, Global Animal Partnership
- Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs, National Chicken Council
- Richard Raymond, M.D., former U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Food Safety
- Janeen Salak-Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor in Animal Sciences, University of Illinois
- Janice Swanson, Ph.D., chair and professor, Animal Behavior and Welfare, Michigan State University
- Bruce Webster, Ph.D., professor of poultry science, University of Georgia
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