WHAT ARE WE REALLY EATING:
WHAT LABELS AREN’T TELLING US
BY: CLAUDIA ALCAZAR
Call to action
Our Mission Statement on Animal Well-Being
"Tyson Foods is committed to the well-being, proper handling, and humane
slaughter of all the animals that are used in our food products. This is a long-
standing commitment, and we pledge our diligence in leading the industry
pursuit of new and improved technology and methods to further enhance
animal well-being. This is not only the right thing to do, but is an important
moral and ethical obligation we owe to our suppliers, to our customers, to
ourselves, and most of all to the animals we depend on for our products and
our livelihood. All Tyson Team Members, as well as our poultry growers and
beef and pork suppliers, are expected to respect and serve as stewards of the
animals we work with every day, treating them in a proper manner at all times."
— John Tyson, Chairman and CEO, Tyson Foods, Inc.
• John Tyson started selling poultry in 1931.
• In 1936 Tyson made his first long-haul trip to different states to sell
• In 1940 was bought the first company-owned broiler farm.
• In 1947 Tyson is incorporated as Tyson feed & Hatchery.
• By the end of 1950’s decade, Don Tyson, John’s son, built the first
processing plant of the Tyson Company.
• In 1960, the company changed its name to Tyson’s Foods and went
public and sold shares of stock.
•During the 70’s Tyson appeared for the first time on the Fortune 1000.
•During the 80’s, the chicken patty from Tyson was the only one sold in
over 50 states. The company debuts on Fortune 500.
•During 1990 the company was reorganized to be more focused on the
•During 2001 Tyson made a giant jump when acquired the world’s
largest beef processor, and became the largest diversified meat
company in the world.
Who we are:
•We strive to be honorable people.
•We strive to be a faith-friendly company
What we do:
•We feed our families, the nation, and the world
with trusted food products.
•We strive to provide a safe work environment
for our Team Members.
How we do it:
•We strive to operate with integrity and trust in all we do.
•We strive to honor God and be respectful of each other, our
customers, and other stakeholders.
•Create innovative and insight-driven food solutions.
•Go to market to win in the retail and foodservice channels.
•Optimize commodity businesses and manage margins by being the best in class
for cost, yield and pricing.
•Create a true multinational enterprise by strengthening our presence in Mexico,
and expanding and investing in South America and Asia.
•Revolutionize the conversion of raw materials and by-products into high-margin
initiatives such as creating renewable energy from animal fat.
*Tyson breeder farm follows strict rules and precautions to
prevent the spread of avian diseases.
*Eggs are collected and sent to incubators to start their
*Temperature and humidity are carefully controlled for
*Eggs are sent to hatchery where they are inoculated against
disease while still in the eggshell.
*Five days later the chicks hatch and are treated for
*Chicks are sent to family farms to grow to process weight.
*Chickens are getting fed corn, so that they can grow fatter
Antibiotics are being used on the cattle, hogs, and chicken,
and in the end humans are becoming immune to antibiotics.
The misuse of animals in these facilities are increasing, and
Tyson doesn’t care.
Addressing how these animals are being
processed, and that they have been injected
with antibiotics should be part of the label
People should have the right to know what
EXACTLY they are consuming, and whether
or not they want to buy this product.
CALL TO ACTION
Besides the fact that animals rights groups
have been taking action there is something
we can do
We can start buying organic food from our
We need to VOICE our opinion and keep on
pushing Congress to make this a law.