FAQs - Our Practices

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Is all the chicken I eat labeled as Tyson® Brand raised and produced in the US?
That is correct. All chickens raised for Tyson branded products available in the United States are raised and processed in the United States.

Are Tyson Brand chickens ever raised or processed oversees and brought back to be sold in the United States?
No, all chickens raised for Tyson Branded products available in the United States are raised and processed in the United States.

What is in a Tyson® Fun Nugget?
Tyson® Fun Nuggets are made with 100% white meat chicken and ingredients typically found in any kitchen. The full list of ingredients includes chicken breast with rib meat, water, whole wheat flour, wheat flour and contains 2% or less of the following: chicken broth, corn starch, dried garlic, dried onion, dried yeast, extractives of paprika, natural flavorings, salt, soybean oil, spice, sugar, yellow corn flour. The breading is set in vegetable oil.

Are the birds kept indoors at all times on the farms?
Our number one priority is the safety of the animals on the farm. Birds are kept in enclosed barns to protect them from bad weather, extreme temperatures, diseases, and predators. Birds can move freely within the barn.

What do you feed the chickens?
We provide our chickens with a well-balanced diet. The primary ingredients in our chicken feed are corn, soybean meal, minerals and vitamins.

Does Tyson Foods use hormones or steroids?
Tyson Foods does not add hormones or steroids to chickens raised by the farmers who grow for our company. In fact, federal regulations prohibit the use of added hormones or steroids in chicken.

Do you use antibiotics or growth hormones to enhance the growth of the birds?
No, our chickens never receive antibiotics or hormones for growth promotion.

Are antibiotics used on the chickens?
Tyson Foods has announced we are expanding our No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) offerings across our entire Tyson Branded retail chicken products. This means no antibiotics are administered to chickens raised for Tyson Branded retail products. People will be able to purchase the NAE products beginning this fall across the Tyson Brand line, including Any’tizers® Snacks, Tyson Chicken Nuggets and Crispy Strips.

Does Tyson Foods own the farms the chickens are raised on?
No, Tyson Foods contracts with farmers across the United States. Contract farming is the practice of farmers raising chickens under contract for poultry processing companies. Tyson Foods has been working with poultry farmers on a contract basis since the late 1940s and it’s been a relationship we believe has worked well for both the company and the farmer. For more information, click here.

How does Tyson Foods ensure farmers are adhering to animal well-being policies?
In October 2012, Tyson launched our FarmCheck®program. Through this program, we audit the treatment of animals at poultry farms that supply chickens to Tyson. The FarmCheck program audits are conducted by joint efforts of Tyson Foods experts in our Office of Animal Well-Being and independent third-party auditing firms. The FarmCheck program is guided by an external Animal Well-Being Advisory Panel established by Tyson Foods. Those serving on the panel include people with expertise in farm-animal behavior, health, production, and ethics. In addition, best‐practice system assessments and animal‐handling audits are implemented in all of our chicken, beef, pork and turkey plants, as well as in our chicken hatcheries. This includes a combination of daily, weekly, or monthly handling and well‐being audits conducted by plant management, members of our Food Safety and Quality Assurance teams, or third‐party groups. Each year we publish a list of the third‐party plant audits in our sustainability report. To learn more, please visit our Sustainability Report.