Tyson Foods Partners With Kemin Industries To Develop Palatants For Pet Food

Tyson Food and Kemin Industries are forming a partnership to develop and manufacture flavor-enhancers for pet food. Here is the press release:

Kemin Industries, Inc. and Tyson Foods, Inc. have formed a strategic alliance to develop, manufacture, market and sell liquid and dry flavor-enhancers known as palatants, to the North American pet food market, the companies announced today.

The alliance, which took effect January 1, combines the expertise, experience and technology of the two companies to provide cost competitive, high quality pet food palatants from the sourcing of ingredients to the food bowl.

Both Kemin and Tyson will be involved in the research and development of the palatants. Tyson will manufacture the products from raw materials supplied by the company’s chicken, beef and pork plants. The Kemin Palasurance technisales team will market the products under the Palasurance(tm) and Topnotes(r) brands to major pet food companies.

“This alliance is another milestone in our core strategy of revolutionizing the conversion of our meat and poultry by-products into higher margin products,” said Dick Bond, president and CEO of Tyson Foods.

“Tyson has always led the industry in providing high quality ingredients to the pet food market,” said Jeff Webster, senior vice president and general manager of Tyson’s Renewable Products division. “By teaming up with Kemin, we’re entering another value-added segment of the pet food production process.”

“Kemin continues its firm commitment to delivering the highest quality products to our customers with this alliance,” said Giuseppe Abrate, president of the Kemin pet food ingredients business. “Kemin’s core competencies in palatability, freshness, and stability, along with our excellent customer service combined with Tyson’s ingredient and palatability expertise, will bring to market products which deliver the best flavor, palatability, stability and aroma on the market.”

The alliance will cover the United States, Canada and Mexico with an option to collaborate in other areas of the world in the future.

The alliance will provide the industry with a line of palatants that deliver consistent quality and stability, functional properties, flavor enhancing characteristics, palatability, aroma and specific label claims when applied on or in a pet food.

“Kemin has always adhered to the strictest quality control standards and verification throughout the manufacturing process of our palatants,” said Chris Nelson, president of Kemin Industries. “Our alliance with Tyson will further ensure that our products are of the highest quality on the market.”

(Thanks menusux)

50 Responses to “Tyson Foods Partners With Kemin Industries To Develop Palatants For Pet Food”

  1. Lynne says:

    They can do whatever they want to. Still not buying it.

  2. Penny says:

    What, exactly, are “high quality pet food palatants”?

    Sounds like overprocessed garbage designed to make pets consume overprocessed garbage.

  3. Louie W. says:

    No kidding.

    We lost 3 senior cats last year due to the long term effects of consuming tasty, “high quality” garbage that is sold by vets.

    When poor quality ingredients are disguised with palatants, the combination is deadly, starting around 9 years of age.

  4. Rhonda says:

    More ways to make CORN taste better to dogs.

  5. furmom says:

    Thing is, I never had any problem getting my pets to eat REAL FOOD. Now if you put creepy ingredients in it, you’d need a “flavor enhancer” to make the little darlings eat it wouldn’t you?

  6. Pukanumba says:

    furmom: My sentiments exactly……if you use real food rather than the garbage we now know the pf companies have been using, I would think you’d have no need for palatants. Sort of tells me it’s business as usual except to try to make their toxins more appealing to our little babies…..IMHO. Very sad indeed.

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

    Oops, typed name in too fast…..sb pukanuba.

  7. Nicole says:

    In March 2007 Tyson recalled 16,743 lbs of ecoli ground beef. In June 2007 Tyson recalled 40,400 lbs of ecoli ground beef. Guess where all the ecoli ground beef is going to go from now on. In your pets pet food covered up with palate enhancers. I have to go barf now.

  8. Nora and Rufus says:

    If it was good food, more lousy poisonous chemicals would not be needed to make it “tasty”. Those creepy lying jerks. I am still cooking and feeding good food that my dog has no problem with. THAT is not going to change.

  9. meh says:

    I’d like to see a mass education program directed at pet owners since it’s painfully obvious the tainted food scandals of last year were insufficient to wake people up since the companies are all still in business and apparently thriving. I shudder to think how many millions of dogs and cats are still being fed lousy quality food because the average consumer neither knows what “quality food” for pets should consist of, nor apparently cares enough to do any research to find out.

    Unfortunately, as wonderful as sites like Itchmo are, they’re essentially preaching to the choir since the people who read here are already concerned and informed.

  10. Pukanuba says:

    Every day I’m out there “preaching” & have turned many pet parents away from the “business as usual” pf companies & onto the smaller, less known pf companies. All have thanked me for the difference in their kids……

    Sometimes I get dirty looks or told that what they’re feeding has worked out fine but I keep hoping that maybe I planted a seed & they’ll do some reading & find out perhaps I’m on to something……

    The big companies need to rethink how they’re doing business PERIOD……

  11. Katie says:

    Tyson, I guess those “raw ingredients” would be the same ingredients you ship to the rendering plant?

    You all are so right. I have been home cooking for my dog since last March - I can tell you Tyson, I have never had to add anything to encourage her to eat. She can’t get “real food” fast enough. She jumps around the kitchen, stands up on her hind legs for her pan and cleans her pan till it glistens.

    I take advantage of every chance I get to tell pet parents that I know - not to buy commercial pet food. Pukanuba, I get those funny faces too, but I also have more people asking me how and what I cook and notice people begining to take more interest.

    There is hope -


  12. mittens says:

    more fanciful, syntheitic ways to make flea collars, rancid meat in it’s packaging, road kill, and metal tabs taste ‘better’. more efficient use of things that should be thrown out. cha- ching.

  13. 2CatMom says:

    Tyson foods just hit my ‘do not buy’ list…because if they are using this on pet food, its not hard to see them doing the same with human food.

    In fact, they seem to be knowledgeable about the technology which means they probably are already using it for their human foods. Does this feel like a solyent green moment or what?

  14. JJ says:

    Voila! Looks like they found a supposedly legit way to pass off e.coli, salmomella, melaland, etc food. Lets get places like Tyson involved to disguise the rendered, cwap and load it all into the pet food. The pet lovers won’t notice - heck majority still believe this food is good for their pets. WAKE UP the rest of you who do not regularly read this site or the forums and stop slowly killing your pets IMO.

  15. Stefani says:

    I want to vomit at your palatents.

    “core strategy of . . . revolutionizing the conversion of our meat and poultry by-products into higher margin products” ????????


    “Making as much money as possible by covering your pets food (Food being defined as dessicated carbohydrate pellet which induces dehydration and disease and bears no resemblance to a natural diet) with questionable, possibly diseased slaughter by product, so we too, can get rich off of gullible consumers who won’t have any recourse when we poison their pets.”

    BTW, roadkill would certainly be a healthier diet.

  16. Highnote says:

    I agree with all of you. I read that most of the ecoli beef goes to places to be cooked and that they can sell it after that. I read that it goes to our schools as precooked meat and to companies for frozen foods. I am sure some of it goes into the pet food too. My greatest concern is just how well they cook it!
    Didn’t the FDA post that they wanted us to wash our hands after handling dry pet food because of ecoli? That really disturbed me because Ecoli can harm our pets too.

  17. pheephee35 says:

    To All and especially meh — Educating people is the only way. How about we make a pamphlet using some of these comments with links to articles about the nasty contaminated food?

    Would Itchmo print them and let us order them for cost or a voluntary donation? If so, I will go to PetSmart or Petco or wherever to hand them out a few hours a week.

    Just so you know, if yeast produced products (bread, vinegar, chocolate) are bad for people with yeast overgrowth symptoms (e.g. Candida overgrowth ), wouldn’t even cooked meat with salmonella, e. coli or whatever have some toxin by-products still in it? I think so.

  18. pheephee35 says:

    I used to be quite addicted to sugar. When I would get mad at myself for overeating sugary things, I would think, “If you added enough sugar to anything — no matter how rotten — you’d eat it.” This production of “palatizers” reminds me of that. Afterall, don’t cats drink antifreeze because it is sweet to them? (wave of nausea blech, blech, blech)

    After cleaning up my diet to avoid unhealthy foods, I am now working on avoiding all artificial flavors and colors. What is good for the goose (me) is good for the gander (my cats).

  19. catbird says:

    No thanks, Tyson and Kemin. If I want rancid grease sprayed on my pets’ food, I can just go to the restaurant down the road and ask for some. It’s probably safer than anything you are putting out.

  20. Katie says:

    2CatMom, I was thinking the same thing. I wonder if they are already doing this to their processed meat dinners being sold to consumers….

    Tyson, has been off of my list since they were looking to move chickens back and forth between the US and China. Also, weren’t they suspected of being one of the chicken producers feeding the feed mix that had been adulterated with melamine?

    Since March of last year we only buy local and organic -


  21. Anonymous says:


    make the food healthy and from fresh, wholesome ingredients, and it will taste just fine without palatants. that’s revolting. they just want to make the food even crappier, and from more even more rotten ingredients. it’s obvious some MBA type thought this up.

  22. the Asocial Ape says:


    make the food healthy and from fresh, wholesome ingredients, and it will taste just fine without palatants. that’s revolting. they just want to make the food even crappier, and from more even more rotten ingredients. it’s obvious some MBA type thought this up.

  23. Anonymous says:

    What else is going on with our food?


  24. Mia says:

    I will never go back to what I was feeding my little dog. I will never buy anything but just kibble as I home cook for my little spoilt but now healthy dog. No thanks Tyson and the rest of the greedy bunch…. yuck!!!!

  25. judi says:

    Just like Oysters folks! If you put enough cocktail sauce on them you cant taste how nasty they really are.

  26. judi says:


    What kibble are you using. I’m still searching? No canned for for my kiddos. I home cook too. Still looking for the right kibble though……..

  27. Anonymous says:


    Who wins in China’s chicken war?

    Posted: December 31, 1997
    1:00 a.m. Eastern

    I should tell you, I was warned not to write this column.

    The last time I suggested there was something fishy about the U.S. poultry business, I heard from a top executive at Tyson Foods. I didn’t know what I was talking about, I was told. Contrary to what I had suggested, Clinton’s old Arkansas pals and benefactors haven’t been given the time of day from their man since he became president, a Tyson official said. In fact, I was told, the company had actually been squeezed hard by federal regulators and the independent counsel investigating its role in Department of Agriculture corruption. There was simply no truth to the notion that Tyson Foods has benefited in any way from Bill Clinton’s ascension to power. In fact, he said, “It’s the worst thing that ever happened to us.”

    I put all that on the record just in case anything should happen to me. If I should suddenly come down with the mysterious “bird flu” virus or contract a fatal case of salmonella poisoning or choke on a chicken McNugget, maybe someone will ask some tough questions, demand an autopsy and prevent my remains from being cremated.

    Not that I’m making any accusations, mind you. I am not weaving another conspiracy tale here. All I’m doing is connecting some dots — pointing out a few coincidences. Maybe that’s all they are — coincidences. It just seems like there have been too many in the last five years.

    OK, here it is. Without further ado, let me review some facts.

    A few months ago, you may remember, Hudson Foods was hit with an e coli bacteria scandal. The federal government regulators pounced on the company — even sending in a so-called “SWAT team” to shut down operations. Within hours, the company’s value plummeted. Within weeks, Hudson Foods had been purchased by its major rival, Tyson Foods, owned by Don Tyson, friend of the president and a long-time financial supporter of his political campaigns.

    Tyson Foods had tried to buy Hudson Foods several times in previous years, but the offers were spurned. Only after the smaller company was brought to its knees, at least in part, through a public health scare and some government brute force was Tyson able to make a deal Hudson couldn’t refuse. Coincidence? Maybe. Or was it a quid pro quo? Just asking.

    Let’s also recall that several years earlier, Tyson’s general counsel, James Blair, set up a sweetheart deal for Hillary Clinton to get into the cattle futures business. She parlayed a $1,000 investment into nearly $100,000 in a year. Good luck? Probably. I’m sure the Clintons didn’t feel indebted to Tyson for the favor any more than they did for all the campaign cash he threw at them over the years.

    Now for some recent developments: Tyson Foods just copped a plea and agreed to cooperate with Independent Counsel Donald Smaltz’s investigation of former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy. The company will pay a $6 million fine (”chicken feed,” one might say, to the multi-billion-dollar enterprise) for attempting to bribe a Cabinet member.

    Coincidentally, the very same day, Hong Kong officials were busy slaughtering every single chicken in the region. Some people in Hong Kong are wondering why such a drastic government action was ordered when only a dozen or so human victims of the deadly “bird flu” virus carried by chickens have been diagnosed. Maybe it’s silly, but whenever I see government reacting so quickly and with such overwhelming force, I wonder why. Who’s benefiting?

    Would you believe a major beneficiary of this disaster — this public health scare — could well be, once again, Tyson Foods?

    Now I’m sure what I’m about to tell you is just another coincidence — just the luck of the draw. But let’s lay our eggs on the table. Are you sitting down “X-Files” fans? Tyson Foods has struck a major deal with China to explore the feasibility of developing as many as 10 poultry complexes throughout the country.

    That’s right. I’m not kidding. On April 30, Tyson Foods, the world’s largest fully integrated producer, processor and marketer of chicken, announced it had entered into an agreement with Kerry Holdings Limited, the Hong Kong-based unit of the multinational conglomerate, the Kuok Group, to expand its operations bigtime in the People’s Republic of China.

    What fortuitous timing! Now that every private chicken developer in the area has been wiped out by a Chinese government blitzkrieg, Tyson is poised to take over the South China poultry market. Its major push is expected to come in early 1998. Now, remember, Tyson’s deal is with the very same Chinese government that apparently pumped massive amounts of illegal cash into Clinton’s 1996 presidential campaign. What’s that saying about “birds of a feather”?

    I know, I know. I’m just the suspicious type. Perhaps, I am too cynical. But coincidences like this make me nervous.


    Joseph Farah is founder, editor and CEO of WND and a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate. His latest book is “Stop The Presses: The Inside Story of the New Media Revolution.” He also edits the online intelligence newsletter Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, in which he utilizes his sources developed over 30 years in the news business.

  28. CHISON says:

    Tyson: China still excellent trading partner
    Jul. 31, 2007 (China Knowledge) – Tyson Foods Inc. said Monday it will be continuing its business in China, in spite of Chinese accusations of their contaminated food, Xinhua reported.


  29. Nicole says:


    This is a human food poisoning site I check every day. This is an article on the site on PDF. Go to page 13 “amonia nuggets” to read about Tyson’s complicity with their contractors in sickening 157 school children. I haven’t eaten Tyson in years. I tried it a few times and I don’t like the chicken they sell. I find it to taste disgusting. Then during the recall, we learned that chickens were fed the melamine pet food. It doesn’t take the sharpest pencil in the box to surmise whose chickens were fed this.

  30. judi says:

    No more Tyson for me.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Tyson Investigation Photo Gallery

    This made me sick - have a look at these photos gang.


  32. Anonymous says:

    “My name is Virgil Butler. I worked at the Tyson plant in Grannis, Arkansas from July, 1997 until November 12, 2002. I worked on the night shift in the Receiving department as a live-hanger [of birds] as well as on the kill-floor. I personally witnessed many acts of cruelty toward the chickens by employees of the plant on a nightly basis.

    “One of the most recent problems that I observed was the night shift superintendent, Richard Frasier, turning down the stunner and ordering the employees to leave it down. This machine is the device that is supposed to stun [paralyze] chickens before they are killed. Turning it down results in the chickens missing the killing machine [because they avert their heads] and evading the killer [the human backup] behind the machine, so that they end up being scalded to death by water in the scalding tank. The scalding tank loosens up the feathers so that they can be picked out. The chickens are supposed to be dead before they reach this point. I as well as Ed Taylor (my immediate supervisor), Troy Shepmann, and Aron Harris (fellow employees) argued this action with Richard, who refused to stop doing this. . . .

    “I was responsible for trying to slit the throats of the chickens the machine missed on the nights I worked the killing room. Our line runs 182 shackles per minute. It is physically impossible to check them all. Therefore, they are scalded alive. When this happens, the chickens flop, scream, kick, and their eyeballs pop out of their heads. They often come out of the other end with broken bones and disfigured and missing body parts because they’ve struggled so much in the tank. Sometimes, when we had a line broken down, they would be left hanging upside down in the stunner in the water to drown. In the stunner, the water is cold and salted to better conduct the electricity. I have personally seen them hang in this position for hours.

    “One night in early spring last year we lost hydraulic pressure. Perhaps 300-400 chickens missed the stunner because the line slowed down so much that the birds could avoid it while those who were stunned were able to recover by the time they reached the killing machine - which was only working sporadically. The live birds were left hanging upside down in the scalders while the machinery was being fixed. We could have quit hanging more chickens at this point and let the line run empty while the killing machine was off-line. Instead, we were ordered by Richard Frasier and Ed Taylor to continue to hang the chickens, while Aron Harris was required to kill all of them by hand. This could not be done by one person, even at half the speed and it was clear to everyone there that birds were going by untouched. Several hundred chickens were scalded to death by this decision.

    “Most of my fellow employees were extremely abusive to the chickens. Our job was to pick up the chickens off of the belt and hang them upside down in the shackles. This could rarely be accomplished without problems, due to several reasons. We were extremely shorthanded, due to the horrendous working conditions. This led to a high turnover rate with inexperienced, frustrated workers under pressure to keep the production numbers up. If production fell, it would mean overtime work, so that the belt speed was turned up. This resulted in the belt becoming overloaded in the area where the chickens awaited shackling, which ended up smothering hundreds of chickens a night. I heard Richard Frasier say, “I would rather smother a few hundred goddamned birds, than to lose time because of empty shackles.” (This was said in late July, 2002 when temperatures in the hanging cage were exceeding 100 degrees in the middle of the night.) . . .

    “The heater in the ‘cage,’ which is the area where birds are hung, worked less than half of the time I worked there. Many times the temperatures would be well below freezing. This resulted in the chickens freezing to the belt last winter and the winter before. They froze to death this way inside the building, where the temperature was below freezing. I and my co-workers complained about this to Richard Frasier, but to no avail. He would just turn and walk away. The reverse of this problem happened in the summertime, where there is no adequate air conditioning. Most of the time, it doesn’t work at all, and blows hot air. This results in the chickens dying of heat stroke, heart attack, and suffocation.

    “When the plant breaks down or when there are too many chickens on the kill schedule for the shift, they are left over for the next shift. . . . In the summer on day shift, when they leave the birds, they sit from 3:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. under a tin shed roof with no water and no food. I have seen hundreds die of dehydration from this practice. This could be remedied by simply stopping the catchers from catching any more [birds] until the problem in the plant is resolved or by not scheduling as big a kill to begin with. These uncomfortable conditions, coupled with the unrelenting pressure to keep the shackles filled at all costs, lead to much frustration and outright range among the employees.

    “I have witnessed Troy Shepmann build dry ice bombs (made by putting dry ice and a small amount of water in a plastic Pepsi bottle and screwing the lid down tight) and putting it on the belt with live chickens during break time. This results in a high pressure explosion that rips the chickens’ bodies apart and scatters them all over the room. This occurred numerous times, but the one I remember the most was one night last June when he made a small dry ice bomb by shoving a piece of dry ice up a live chicken’s rectum, then plugging it with a wooden cork. It built up enough pressure inside the chicken to blow it apart.

    I have also seen Aron Harris rip the heads, legs, and wings off of live chickens, or just stomp them to death on the floor because he was aggravated. This occurred on a regular basis for about the last year and a half that I worked there. I have also seen George Watson, a forklift driver, run over the chickens on purpose, then laugh about it. These kinds of incidents were ongoing and repetitive-just a part of a regular night’s work.

    “Other problems that came up when I worked there were a result of mismanagement. One, in particular, happened several times when we would get orders for bigger birds. The worst was in the week ending on September 14 of last year. In this instance we were given thousands of chickens to hang that were above the size limit we were used to. The shackles were not designed to fit the oversize legs of the chickens. They were too small for their legs to fit into. In the process of hanging the live birds, we were forced to break their legs to get them to fit into the shackles. This was unnecessary. The shackles could have been spread out to fit the larger-sized birds. It would only have taken about an hour for two maintenance personnel to accomplish this. However, Richard Frasier decided that it wasn’t necessary and didn’t want to lose the production time to do it. . . .

    “We processed deboned thigh and leg meat and boneless, skinless split breasts. Most of the deboned meat is shipped to a further processing plant where it is made into chicken nuggets for KFC. I am writing this letter because I want to see something done about this cruelty. I don’t wish to be a part of the nightmare any longer and am willing to speak out about this to anyone at any time.

    Thank you,
    Virgil Butler”


  33. JJ says:

    OMG how inhumane! Confirms that Tyson is the place that employees had been drop kicking the chickens like footballs while still alive and doing it after they’re dead is not any better or forgivable.

    Don’t forget Perdue loads theirs up with all kinds of soy and other GMO franken feed so they are not any better as a company. Gawd knows what they do to their poultry.

    Do these places handle the turkeys, ducks, pheasants the same way?

    How can they have a conscience?

  34. Anonymous says:

    And there’s this, too:


  35. Penny says:

    If Tyson operates like that in the good ‘ol USA, what must their off-shore operations be like?

    I shutter to think.

  36. G in INdiana says:

    Palatants, such as aroma enhancers, are already in use in human food. Just watch Fast Food Nation or read the book. They concoct chemical smells and put them in the food so it smells good. If it smells nice, you will eat it even if it really tastes like nothing.
    Most of us have had a cold where we cannot smell and know that our food tastes blah. We don’t want to eat because we cannot smell our food.
    If a dog smells food that is bad, most of the time he won’t eat it (don’t ask me why they will eat coyote and fox feces since that smells really bad…). We have seen our dogs turn their noses up at food samples. We don’t buy that food since we know they won’t eat it. Samples usually are of better quality than the actual food you’d buy.
    Adding something that masks the actual smell of the food would enable the company to use even more inferior ingredients and make up for it by adding stuff to make is smell better. No freaking thanks!

  37. Rhonda says:

    I will NEVER buy Tyson products. I’ve thought something was wrong with their chicken for quite some time.

    I will recommend a brand that I have been using to those of you interested:

    Springer Mountain Farms Chicken

    Free-range, no chemical medicines, certified by the american humane society, all vegetarian diet on u.s. grains, their trucks run on bio-diesel.

    I don’t work for them.

  38. Denise says:

    I heard about tyson chickens before this but never imagined this. what makes people so cruel I wonder. another thing is Wendys has been accused of inhumane treatment of chickens they want us to stay out of wendys and write to them. how awful but I am a firm beliver in what comes around goes around. oh about the dog food. I lost a kitty in 2004 and never knew why but he ate prescription hills (menu food) my pup muffin died of lymphoma in 2004 we could not save her she was 7. i have missy now and I cook 1/2 of her food and the other half is Eagle pack hollistic. I am thinking of switching to www.honestkitchen.com. you can add your own meat if you want. its the fruits and veggies and supplements and then I will add my own meat. I am going to order a book too. she loves her food but as far as Eagle pack is concerned they were recently bought out by Elmer Glue. if they stay small I think they are ok but not sure about this. I am going to write to them take care Denise

  39. Anonymous says:

    As “G in Indiana”said… the palate enhancers are already in our food. Add to that “treatments” that cover “aftertaste” of the additives, enhancers, thickening or thinning agents, texturizers, colorants, preservatives, etc. in our food.

    I’ve been reading a trade magazine titled NEW PRODUCTS MAGAZINE: EXCLUSIVELY FOCUSED ON NEW FOOD AND BEVERAGE PRODUCTS. This magazine covers the launch of new products in various categories, consumer demands and trends, and shows how products were labeled to match consumer trends…

    Just looking at some of the ads for companies that create enhancers, flavorants, and “aftertaste coverups” makes me ill.

  40. Buddy & Belle's Dad says:

    Looks like Tyson will be using this as a testing ground. If it doesn’t kill the pet, it should be safe to put in their owner(s) food. Anyone care to guess how long it will be before these palatants (i.e. flavor enhancement chemicals) are in food sold at your local grocery store? I’m betting it won’t be long.

  41. Stefani says:

    Wow, what an education this thread is. I am truly horrified and humbled by this. I applaud the Tyson worker with the guts to speak out. I hope you have good protection. I know that there is a lot more REAL thuggery in this world than we would like to believe.


  42. jean says:

    Yeah–notice how Tyson jumped on the “natural” bandwagon with their line of “natural” chicken? Hard to believe there’s anyone left on the planet who thinks that chicken is any different from the rest of the garbage they sell.

  43. Anonymous says:

    Tyson Busted for Exploiting Illegal Immigrants in Poultry Factories

    U.S. charges Tyson Foods with immigrant smuggling
    Wednesday December 19, 5:35 PM EST
    More on Tyson

    By Jim Vicini

    WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN), the world’s
    largest poultry processor, two of the firm’s executives and four former
    managers have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to smuggle illegal
    immigrants to work at its U.S. plants as a way to boost profits, the
    Justice Department said on Wednesday.

    The Justice Department said 15 Tyson plants in nine states have been
    implicated in a conspiracy in which workers allegedly were transported
    from Mexico across the U.S. border.

  44. Anonymous says:

    Meat processing is a dirty business and Tyson’s plants have violated the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act by dumping toxic byproducts into freshwater sources and the air. Although Tyson voluntarily stopped using the antibiotic Baytril in its chicken, Tyson’s meat production is still unsustainable because of its mistreatment of workers and the environment.

    Tyson Foods spokesman Gary Mickelson states, “From our perspective, if a court decides animal manure is hazardous waste, then livestock producers may as well put diapers on their cows, pigs, and chickens.”

  45. catmom5 says:

    If only more people knew what really happened to their “food” before it got to the grocery store. Kudos to the employee with the courage to tell what he experienced. What blatant cruelty. I’ve been a vegetarian for a long time, but will definitely try to inform others who are not. Does anyone really think the other poulty (or beef, or pork) companies are any different? This whole “industry” just reeks of cruelty and greed amd widespread corruption.

  46. furmom says:

    To “anonymous”, this is what free speech can accomplish. Thanks to whistleblowers who have the courage to tell it like it is, and let the public decide where to get their food. Unfortunately I suspect there are probably other processors who are cruel and unscrupulous. If everyone knew exactly how their food arrived a the table, I think there’d be alot more vegetarians out there.

  47. Anonymous says:


    I so agree!!!!

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    Tyson probes PETA claim
    January 17, 2008: 02:32 PM EST

    Jan. 17, 2008 (Thomson Financial delivered by Newstex) —

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE:TSN) , the nation’s second-largest chicken processor, is investigating claims of animal abuse and human waste at two of its poultry plants after an animal rights group claimed it had undercover video footage.

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals posted the video on the Internet and submitted more footage along with detailed complaints to prosecutors in Georgia and Tennessee.

    Tyson said Thursday its internal Office of Animal Well-Being was investigating the allegations and was cooperating with an investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    PETA said its operative worked undercover last year at the plants in Cumming, Ga., and Union City, Tenn.

    The group said abuses documented on video included chickens being cut but not killed by automated knives, having their heads pulled off while still alive and being slaughtered while conscious rather than stunned after an electric bath failed. The group also alleged that workers urinated in a hanger where live chickens were kept before slaughter.

    Tyson did not comment on specific allegations in its news release. It said the company was ‘committed to proper animal handling in all aspects of our operations’.

    ‘Some of the videotaped activities we’ve seen on-line do warrant investigation; however, others are being misrepresented and sensationalized by PETA,’ Tyson said.

    PETA denied anything was misrepresented on the video.

    Tyson said its workers were trained to handle animals properly and can be disciplined or fired for not doing so. It said the PETA investigator apparently videotaped the abuses instead of reporting them immediately to a plant supervisor, as company policy requires.

    PETA responded that its operative had ‘complained constantly to his superiors about the abuse’.

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  50. Bonnie McDermott says:

    No to flavor enhancers and No to Tyson. It is time for people to boycott the greedy manufacturers and keep their political hacks out of office.

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