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As consumers grow more concerned with animal welfare issues, Tyson says beef producers will have to follow on-farm requirements for animal treatment next year if they want to work with the major meat processor.
Tyson made the decision as it’s received customer feedback from major food companies including Whole Foods and McDonald’s. Tyson already requires its hog producers to follow specific guidelines and will now enforce its higher animal welfare standards on beef and poultry producers.
The animal-handling practices will be implemented by a third-party auditor who will visit farms to ensure compliance. The Des Moines Register reports the auditor will review animal handling practices and confirm animals have access to adequate feed and water.