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Jennie-O Talks Turkey


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I’m not usually one to cry fowl. But I made an exception to get something clarified about turkey patties from Jennie-O Turkey Store…

Dear One of the World’s Largest Processors and Marketers of Turkey Products:

On your Extra Lean White Turkey Patties package it says: “The turkey used in this product was raised without added hormones or steroids. Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in turkey.” I think it’s wonderful that Jennie-O doesn’t add that stuff into your turkeys! However, that statement makes no sense to me at all, so can you please explain it?

If Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in turkey, you wouldn’t be able to use them anyway, right? Are you actually saying that the product doesn’t contain something it’s not allowed to contain? Does that mean there are turkey companies who are selling turkey with added hormones even though Federal regulations prohibit it? I’ll bet there are thousands of things Federal regulations prohibit from being added to turkey. Why single out hormones if they’re already on the Do Not Use List?

Thanks for making such tasty turkey patties without adding hormones you wouldn’t be allowed to add by law even if you wanted to. I’m looking forward to hearing why.

A Consumer Response Specialist responded with:

Thank you for contacting us with your concern. All turkeys are hormone and steroid free. No hormones have been approved for use in turkeys. Genetic improvements, better feed formulation and modern management practices are responsible for the larger turkeys produced today.

FDA approved antibiotics are used at times to help suppress microorganisms and prevent disease. A withdrawal period is required after the time the antibiotic is administered and before the turkey can be slaughtered. The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) of the USDA monitors the administration of antibiotics and randomly tests flocks of turkeys for residues. Therefore, consumers can be assured that turkeys do not contain antibiotic residues when they go to market.

Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions or concerns.

Final Thoughts: Even Jennie-O Turkey Store says all turkeys are hormone and steroid free … and that no hormones have been approved for use in turkeys. Since I suspected that in my inquiry, what they didn’t address is why the disclaimer is put on the package. Do that many people believe turkeys are raised with added hormones and steroids? Turkeys don’t even play baseball!

It was considerate of Jennie-O to volunteer all the information about turkeys and antibiotics — especially since I didn’t ask. Now what I’d like to know is who are the turkeys responsible for disclaiming that hormones and steroids aren’t being used when they’re not being used instead of disclaiming that antibiotics are being used when they are being used?

If you’re looking to gobble up some added hormone and steroid free turkey, try the products from Jennie-O Turkey Store. However, if you’re trying to hunt down answers about how something is produced, just Write The Company.

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3 Responses to "Jennie-O Talks Turkey"


October 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm


Good to know. People (including me until now) still think that turkey is injected with all kinds of stuff, rendering the fowl to be, well, Frankenstein-ish. This was very informative and we need to know. Thanks for the post.


November 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm


I don’t eat very much meat, however, for Thanksgiving Day I would like to have a little turkey. I am always concerned of the quality of all meats, which is why my diet is more vegetarian based. So, it is good to know that Jennie-O Turkeys are not raised with antibiotic or hormone injections. Thanks!


February 28, 2014 at 1:08 pm


I think it’s great that the turkeys are raised without the use of added hormones or steroids. My question is this: Does the feed used contain any genetically modified ingredients? Unfortunately, those haven’t yet been prohibited, although I’m still hopeful that someday they will be. My preference is usually to buy fresh organic or Amish turkeys. However, those only seem to be available during Thanksgiving and Christmas. It would be nice if there was a non-GMO option at other times of the year. I’m hoping I found that option with Jennie-O. Thank you.

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