NEWS RELEASE-Undercover Video Response

NEWS RELEASE-Undercover Video Response

Quality Pork Processors Inc. Institutes Further Corrective Measures In Response to Undercover Video

AUSTIN, Minn. (Nov. 13, 2015) — Quality Pork Processors announced today that it has instituted significant corrective measures in response to the undercover video and the mandated measures outlined by its valued customer, Hormel Foods.

“We have reviewed the video and are very disappointed by the actions of some employees. The actions of these few employees don’t represent the collective culture of animal care that our employees exhibit each and every day at QPP. As such, we have taken swift and immediate action to reinforce our high standards and operating procedures in the animal care and welfare areas. We want to assure Hormel Foods and all of its customers that we care about animal welfare, and are committed to taking steps that will bring about positive changes for the industry as a whole. In addition, our Animal Welfare Council is looking at ways to exceed industry standards related to animal welfare and handling,” said Kelly Wadding, president of QPP.

QPP is taking the following actions:

-Further disciplinary action against employees who exhibited aggressive or inappropriate behavior;

-Retraining of all employees on proper animal handling and employee conduct;

-In addition to our existing 24/7 video monitoring and surveillance, increasing the review frequency by a third party company;

-Increasing third party audits, including additional surprise audits;

-Placement of Humane Handling Officers to observe all animal handling in the operation;

-Implementation of a confidential hotline for employees to report any actions that do not meet our standards for animal care and welfare;

-Evaluating and implementing further improvements in animal handling equipment. In fact, we have already begun a pilot project to use foam swimming noodles instead of rattle paddles to help facilitate animal movement.

QPP will also issue a public report on its progress and additional actions in the next 30 days.