National Turkey Federation Creates Principles to Communicate Caring Commitment

October 24, 2012
Washington, D.C.

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Building on its longstanding commitment to responsible business practices from the farm to the nation’s dinner tables, the National Turkey Federation (NTF) and its membership have released “Turkey Industry Principles,” a comprehensive document that communicates the turkey industry’s commitment to animal care, food safety, the environment, industry employees, customers and consumers. “For years NTF has worked with its members to prepare guidelines and best management practices that cover a range of issues important to the industry, “NTF President Joel Brandenberger said. “But, there was not a single document that the industry, our customers or the general public could reference to fully understand the breadth of our members’ commitment to sound business practices. “Earlier this year, NTF’s Board of Directors directed the preparation of such a document, and we believe the ‘Turkey Industry Principles’ effectively communicates the industry’s dedication to sound policies regarding food safety, animal care, the environment and the workplace,” Brandenberger said. NTF’s Turkey Industry Principles includes a “Code of Ethics” and “Standards of Conduct.” The Code of Ethics affirms the industry’s obligation to: Animal Welfare Environmental Sustainability Food Safety Human Resources and Worker Safety The “Standards of Conduct” explain the industry’s practices that align with its Code of Ethics. Some of these practices include following NTF’s Animal Care Best Management Practices for the Production of Turkeys and Environmental Best Management Practices. NTF’s Turkey Industry Principles are available online.  

About the National Turkey Federation The National Turkey Federation (NTF) is the national advocate for all segments of the $8 billion turkey industry, providing services and conducting activities that increase demand for its members' products by protecting and enhancing their ability to profitably provide wholesome, high-quality, nutritious products. Its award-winning Web site, www.EatTurkey.com, offers consumers, food professionals and the media an extensive library of information including healthy eating and restaurant trends, turkey cuts and purchasing tips, turkey nutrition and cooking techniques, and turkey facts and trivia. Additionally, the site presents a searchable database of more than 1,800 recipes, offers a recipe E-mail program and provides special seasonal and holiday ideas. The National Turkey Federation is headquartered in Washington, D.C. ###