Frequently Asked Questions
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Does Butterball treat its turkeys humanely?
Absolutely! It is our responsibility to produce healthy, high-quality turkeys in a responsible way. Animal Care and Well-Being is central to who we are as a company, and we are committed to maintaining the health and well-being of our turkeys. In fact, we continue to lead the industry in Animal Care and Well-Being standards, and we’re engaged in ongoing efforts that include:
- Establishing an independent Animal Care and Well-Being Advisory Council, made up of well-known animal care experts.
- Strengthening our employee training through identifying and implementing best industry practices.
- Implementing audits conducted by the American Humane Association, a highly recognized, independent third party that audits our facilities and practices according to peer-reviewed, science based criteria.
- Rigorous continuous improvement of our operational processes through industry-leading technology and practices.
To learn more about Butterball’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, including our Animal Care and Well-Being program, click here.
What does the American Humane Certified seal on Butterball® products mean?
The American Humane Certified program, a voluntary program offered by the American Humane Association, is the nation’s first independent, third-party humane certification program for farm animals. Through rigorous inspections and examinations, the American Humane Association provides third-party, independent verification that certified producers’ care and handling of farm animals meet or exceed the peer-reviewed, science-based animal welfare standards of the AHA.
For more information on the American Humane Association, visit http://www.americanhumane.org/.
For more information on the American Humane Association’s Humane Certified program, visit http://www.humaneheartland.org.
Why is the AHA seal not on all Butterball products?/Why is the AHA seal only on certain whole turkeys and not on others?
While Butterball has always considered animal care and well-being to be a core value, we recently attained certification from the American Humane Association and added the American Humane Certified logo to our packaging. As we phase this new packaging into the marketplace, consumers may notice slight overlap in packaging with and without the logo.
The seal first appeared on fresh whole turkey packaging in 2013. We are proud of our AHA certification, so consumers will continue to see the logo displayed on whole turkey packages as well as every day product packaging, like turkey burgers, bacon and sausage.
This prestigious certification verifies that turkeys raised on Butterball’s family-owned farms meet or exceed the rigorous, science-based, peer-reviewed AHA standards for humane animal care.