As part of Tyson Foods' commitment to proper treatment of farm animals, the company announced the formation of an independent Farm Animal Well-Being Advisory Panel. Members will serve as advisers to the Tyson FarmCheck program, a comprehensive initiative designed to ensure responsible care and overall well-being of farm animals.

Each panel member is a leader in his or her field and was invited to join the panel because of their demonstrated interests across a broad range of issues related to raising farm animals responsibly. Panel members will help to determine research priorities and suggest ways to improve the audit program. Their participation is not a public endorsement of the FarmCheck program, Tyson Foods or any specific animal well-being program.

Tyson Foods launched the FarmCheck program initiative in October 2012 to focus on a broad array of animal well-being issues. In addition to the advisory panel of experts, the FarmCheck program includes:

  --  auditing the treatment of animals at livestock and poultry farms that

      supply the company

  --  using research to identify potential new and better methods for animal

      care and handling

  --  reaffirming Tyson's commitment to animal well-being issues with a

      dedicated senior management team