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Tyson Foods Receives Handling and Transportation Certification


The Poultry Handling and Transportation (PHT) Certificate developed by Pennsylvania State University in collaboration with the USDA and now managed by USPOULTRY was awarded to Tyson Foods. This follows training of approximately 1,000 company poultry and transportation workers completing PHT certification. The company is now certified for all complexes. The system audited by third-party specialists includes biosecurity, emergency planning, safety and  humane handling of birds from harvesting through to delivery to the plant.

Karen Christensen, Senior Director of Animal Welfare for Tyson Foods stated “Ensuring the safety and welfare of our people and animals is paramount. She added, “by working with USPOULTRY to achieve certification across our organization, we are doubling down on our commitment to continuous improvement in animal welfare.”

Rafael Rivera, Manager of Food Safety and Production Programs for USPOULTRY stated “Tyson Foods’ commitment to this certification process demonstrates a pivotal movement in the industry and we are excited about progress we’ve made together.”

According to their March 6th press release Tyson Foods has progressively introduced animal welfare programs including:

  • The Tyson Farm Check® Program requiring third-party animal welfare audits
  • Introduction of remote video monitoring of bird handling in 33 plants
  • Initiation of a pilot controlled atmosphere stunning (CAS) installation
  • Tyson welfare activities are initiated and monitored by a panel of professional exports.

See recent posting on progress by Perdue Farms in transport and CAS by entering ‘Perdue Farms’ in the SEARCH block.

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