01. How are your chickens raised?
The family farmers who raise our chickens ensure their health and comfort, and we’re working together to continuously improve our animal care. We use temperature controlled, cage-free housing with fresh air ventilation. The flocks have constant access to food and water, periods of light and dark and room to move about freely. Our flock advisors regularly check on the flocks and share information with our farmers, and we have veterinarians who specialize in poultry who watch over the health of our flock, providing any necessary treatment.
02.How are Niman Ranch animals raised?
Treating livestock humanely is core to Niman Ranch. We are committed to raising all of our livestock to the highest animal welfare standards. Our livestock are always raised outdoors or in deeply bedded pens. One hundred percent of our farms are Certified Humane. We use no cages and no crates. We use no added hormones or antibiotics – EVER.
03.How does Coleman Natural Foods raise its hogs?
On every one of the hog farms from which we source our hogs, our American family farmers are raising healthy sows and piglets without the use of crates. Our 100% crate-free environment is third-party verified by Validus, the same company that conducts the American Humane Association certification audits.
04. How are Sonoma Red chickens raised?
Our organic and free-range chickens have access to an outdoor pasture area that is at least half the square-footage of the chicken house, and usually equal to the size of the house. The pasture typically runs down one side of the house. We provide access to the outdoors approximately every 40 feet, and have windows about every 50 feet along the length of the house. Shade awnings, access to water and roosts and other enrichments invite the birds to go outside. A combination of soil and grass areas let the birds exhibit natural behaviors, such as dust bathing and pecking.
05. What constitutes a “natural” Draper Valley Farms chicken?
By law, any product can be called “natural” if it is minimally processed and has no artificial ingredients. At Draper Valley Farms, we define a “natural” chicken as one that was never administered antibiotics, fed a vegetarian diet free from animal by-products, raised in a reduced-stress environment, and treated with respect for its comfort, well-being and natural instincts. And, of course, we never use hormones or steroids; Federal law prohibits their use in poultry.
06. Coronavirus-Related Questions and Answers
I heard the rumor about animals, specifically, chicken spreading COVID-19 in India. Are your products safe to eat?
COVID-19 is not considered to be a food-borne pathogen. Per the CDC, COVID-19 is most commonly spread between those who are in close contact with each other, and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also be possible for a person to contract COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching his or her own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. We have strict biosecurity protocols throughout our farms and entire supply chain, including proven sanitation methods, which minimize the risk of contaminated surfaces.
Are any of your products from – or processed in – any area affected by coronavirus?
All of our products are hatched/born, harvested and processed in the U.S. We are closely monitoring affected areas and implementing our biosecurity policy to minimize contaminated surfaces. We are taking every precaution to protect our associates, communities, customers and business partners, and ensure the continuity of our business.
Will any of Perdue Farms' operations be closed if coronavirus is identified within a defined proximity?
We are focused on the health and safety of our associates, communities, customers and business partners, as well as ensuring the continuity of our supply chain. If COVID-19 occurs within a certain proximity to any of our operations, we will evaluate the risk with respect to these priorities. The safety of our people is paramount, and we have redundancies built into our supply chain to accommodate for unplanned fluctuations in production and/or operations.
Do you import anything from areas affected by this virus?
All of our animals are born/hatched, raised, harvested and processed in the U.S. As with most large businesses, we source some (non-food) elements of our supply chain from countries outside the U.S. We are closely monitoring affected areas and reiterating our biosecurity policy to help minimize the potential to transport possibly contaminated surfaces. We are taking every precaution to protect our associates, communities, customers and business partners, and ensure the continuity of our business.
How do I know the products aren’t getting contaminated in your plants from something outside brought in? What are your food safety protocols?
We have the highest standards of biosecurity and food safety, and fully sanitize our facilities every 24 hours. We are closely monitoring affected areas and reiterating our biosecurity policy to help minimize the potential to transport possibly contaminated surfaces. The staff at the onsite Wellness Centers at 19 of our facilities are trained on how to protect our associates from, and identify and respond to, symptoms of COVID-19. These professionals follow standard operating procedures as defined by the CDC for infectious diseases. The Wellness Centers are available to all associates and their families. We are taking every precaution to protect our associates, communities, customers and business partners, and ensure the continuity of our business.
Do you expect the prices of your products to rise because of coronavirus?
Not at this time. We have built redundancies into our supply chain to ensure the continuity of our business to minimize any potential disruption.