Food Safety Is a Complex Undertaking. Yet, our food safety philosophy is actually quite simple: If we don’t feel confident about serving a product to our own families, we’re not going to sell it to consumers. Producing safe, high-quality, and nourishing food is fundamental to our company’s very existence. Our customers and consumers put their trust in us every time they sit down to a meal of one of our many products. Food safety starts on the farm, where we have rigorous systems in place to raise healthy animals. It continues at the processing plants, where we follow meticulous and exacting procedures that allow us to produce the safest products.


Treating animals humanely is a primary concern for us simply because it’s the right thing to do. Farmer John is committed to being the industry leader in animal care practices to assure respectful and humane treatment of animals, to produce wholesome food products, and to analyze our operations and practices, including internal and independent third-party audits, to ensure continual improvement. Adherence to the principles of this policy is a responsibility and requirement of those who interact with animals that are owned or processed by Farmer John. Willful neglect or abuse of animals will not be tolerated and will result in immediate termination. Offenders may also be subject to criminal prosecution under applicable laws.


The journey of every Farmer John product from farm to fork is as short as can be. That's because we believe food should be prepared near you and arrive fresh to your grocery store every time. Our California Natural® products arrive at your grocer within just 24-48 hours of preparation, and our other products take only 3-5 days. Farmer John pays a premium for properly-sorted, lean hogs so you can enjoy meats of the highest quality and nutrition. All of our hogs are healthy, top-quality animals that are ethically managed and humanely treated. As we source and supply Farmer John products only on the West Coast, you can be sure that our wholesome food arrives fast and fresh.


Be sure to refrigerate your meat products immediately after purchase to a temperature of 40°F or less in order to preserve freshness.


Remember to wash all cooking pans, cutting boards and kitchen surfaces to prevent the spread of bacteria during meal prep.


Use separate cutting boards for meats and ready-to-eat foods like vegetables to prevent cross-contamination.


Always remember to wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds both before and after cooking.


Always use sharp knives instead of dull ones when cutting meats to prevent an accident from occurring. Also, be sure to use a cutting board instead of the edge of a table.


Never serve cooked meat with the same tongs used to handle raw meat. As a precaution, thoroughly clean grill tools during all phases when grilling raw meat.


Keep a meat thermometer handy when cooking raw meats to know the precise internal temperature of your food before it is safe to eat.


When saving leftovers for later, promptly store them in your refrigerator. Any food left out in room temperature for over 2 hours should be discarded.


When thawing frozen meats in cold water, change the water every 30 minutes. Once thawing is complete, cook the meat immediately instead of letting it sit in the sink.