Comprehensive Food Safety Program Review, Commitment, Action, Results: A Current Perspective

Breeder Hens

Foster Farms is the first US producer to require breeder hens and their lineage to be certified Salmonella-free hens.

Eggs

As an additional step, Foster Farms hens are vaccinated to keep our eggs healthy.

Probiotics

Foster Farms chickens are fed probiotics to naturally improve their ability to fight Salmonella.

Biosecurity

Structural farm improvements reduce exposure to insects and wildlife, which can carry bacteria.

Healthy Growing Environment

Our growing conditions are certified by the American Humane Association.

Additional Food Safety Controls

Eleven new antimicrobial processes have been implemented at every Foster Farms fresh chicken plant.

Comprehensive Cleaning

Our plants close daily for a complete four- to six-hour sanitization process verified
by the USDA.

Point of Contact

Equipment in contact with raw chicken is sanitized continuously.

Focus on Second Process

Foster Farms tests for the presence of Salmonella twice—initially as whole birds and again when the whole birds are cut into parts. Foster Farms' tests, the results of which are provided to the USDA, indicate Salmonella levels at less than 5%, significantly below the industry chicken-parts benchmark of 25%.

48-Hour Delivery

All Foster Farms chicken is delivered to stores in 48 hours
or less.

Advanced Testing

Foster Farms uses sophisticated technologies such as biomapping to help identify and reduce the potential for Salmonella. We perform more than 150,000 microbiological tests each year at our microbiological laboratory.

Expert Oversight

Our Food Safety Advisory Board consists of leading food safety experts to keep us
on the cutting edge of food safety practices.

Education

Foster Farms works directly with consumers to provide proper food handling and cooking practices for raw chicken. Always cook your chicken to 165 degrees.

If you have any questions related to our new efforts to fight Salmonella,
please call our Consumer Affairs team at 800-338-8051.