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.

 

Staying Informed About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A Commitment From Foster Farms

Foster Farms joins our nation as we respond to the challenge of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We recognize that we have a special responsibility to the millions of families that depend on our poultry products to meet their daily nutritional needs, and are working around the clock to restock shelves. We could not do this without the dedication and commitment of our employees, to whom we are grateful. The Central Valley in California, where many of Foster Farms' facilities are located, has been especially hard-hit. Foster Farms is initiating a comprehensive testing program across all of its California facilities beginning on August 12, at its main Livingston plant. Foster Farms tested nearly 2,900 employees and found a COVID-19 prevalence of less than 1%. We are encouraged by these results but recognize there is even more to do and will begin additional testing and sanitation this week.

As a family-owned company, employee health and safety has always been among our highest priorities. We are closely following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and partnering with state and local health authorities, and taking all necessary steps to ensure our employees’ protection and safety.

The Steps We Have Taken

We can assure you that all Foster Farms poultry products are raised and processed in the United States. The CDC has found no evidence to date that COVID-19 is transmitted either through food or food packaging. As a part of routine operations, Foster Farms has stringent production practices and rigorous sanitation in place:

  • Our plants are continuously sanitized and approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) before beginning operations each day. We have added to these practices by increasing daily sanitation and personal hygiene checks throughout our facilities.
  • We’ve increased handwashing and sanitizer stations, restricted travel, and are screening all visitors.
  • We have daily Wellness Checks – monitoring employees for fever and 7 other symptoms of COVID-19 - to reduce the possibility of an infected individual entering our plants and offices.
  • Protective face cloths are mandatory for plant employees.
  • We have made changes to employee break areas to permit greater social distancing, while ensuring that all common areas are continuously cleaned.
  • We have installed work space partitions where opportunities for social distancing may be limited, and partitions to our break areas, to limit the potential spread of any infectious disease.

We will continue to follow guidance from the CDC and USDA, and are prepared to respond quickly.

Responding to Communities In Need

COVID-19 has touched the very fabric of American life, and the economic consequences are being felt throughout the communities we serve. Foster Farms has partnered with local food banks on the West Coast and beyond, to help provide more than 2 million meals to those in need, and most recently, an additional donation of 420,000 servings of poultry. Foster Farms outreach is the continuation of a decade long commitment to fighting hunger and responding to  communities in times of disaster and crisis.

We encourage consumers to stay informed about COVID-19 by visiting any of the CDC links below for the most accurate and up to date information. From all of us at Foster Farms, please be safe.

CDC Resources

 

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.

Learn more about our Food Safety commitments.

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).

Read more about our commitments to Food Safety.

 

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.

Read more about our commitments to the Enviroment.

 

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.

Discover more about our Sustainability commitments.

 

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.

Learn more about our commitments to minimize waste.