we believe

It’s safe to say we’re all about safety.

For us, safety extends from our employees to our customers to the planet.


Food Safety

For our employees at farms and facilities up and down the West Coast, Foster Farms maintains a comprehensive Food Safety program and is committed to leading the poultry industry. We were even recognized for our leadership in controlling salmonella to among the lowest levels in the industry by US Senator Dianne Feinstein, a champion of improved food safety.

Foster Farms is now working closely with the USDA, CDC, poultry industry, and retailers to share its learnings in controlling salmonella in the interest of creating a safer food-supply system nationwide.

Consumer Food Safety Education

When it comes to food safety, we’re all in this together. So we’ve funded innovative consumer research through the University of California Davis designed to better inform consumers about food safety. Read below for an overview.

Store fresh, raw chicken in its original unopened wrapper at 40°F or less, in the bottom, coldest part of the refrigerator. Always be sure to cook or freeze raw chicken by the “use by” or “freeze by” date on the label.

For longer storage, immediate freezing is recommended. To prevent freezer burn, wrap chicken in foil or other freezer wrap. Separate parts into individual meal-size portions before freezing, so you can later avoid defrosting more chicken than you need.

  • Can I freeze chicken in its original wrapper?  Yes, the original packaging is fine for freezing for up to two months. For longer freezing, over-wrap packages with foil, plastic wrap, freezer paper or plastic bags.
  • What’s the best method for thawing frozen chicken or turkey? The safest method is in the refrigerator. Allow approximately five hours per pound thawing time. For faster thawing, you can defrost using the microwave.
  • What’s the best method for thawing fully cooked frozen poultry products? The safest method is in the refrigerator. Allow approximately five hours per pound of thawing time. For faster thawing, you can defrost in your microwave following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Can I refreeze partially thawed raw chicken or turkey? For the best quality, we recommend that you finish thawing the poultry and cook it completely, then immediately freeze it if desired (whole poultry should be cut into small portions prior to freezing).


Fresh Water Conservation

We conduct a thorough wash-down each day prior to the start of operations to enhance food safety. To reduce this impact, we’ve installed a BNR (Biological Nutrient Reduction) system that saves 150 million gallons of fresh water per year. This is a unique, state-of-the-art system that shows our commitment to addressing important issues like water conservation in California.


Energy Conservation

We want to keep all our chickens comfortable, but that doesn’t mean sacrificing the planet. We use energy-efficient heat exchangers in our heating and cooling loop for all our barns. We’re also lighted by all LEDs all the time, and we replace old motors with high-efficiency models whenever possible.


Zero Landfill

At Foster Farms, we have set ourselves a Zero Landfill Goal. We are currently tackling our use of plastic throughout the processing lifecycle. Our NO Styrofoam initiative for all products sold in the San Francisco Bay Area has gained a lot of attention from customers and consumers in other geographical regions as well.

Foster Farms is a member of the How2Recycle program making it easier for our consumers to recycle. On our packaging we use the How2Recycle label that provides clear guidance on how our packaging should be recycled. At Foster Farms, we are committed to sustainability and reducing packaging waste. More details about the program are available at How2Recyle.info.