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AMI Foundation Recognizes Companies for Environmental and Workplace Safety Efforts

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

The AMI Foundation recognized plants for their environmental and worker safety efforts during the American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) Annual Conference on Worker Safety, Human Resources and the Environment, held March 9-10, at Hyatt Regency Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri. 

Ten meat and poultry plants were honored with Environmental Achievement Awards. These biennial awards are presented to member companies that go beyond environmental compliance by designing and successfully implementing an innovative plant upgrade, environmental program or outreach initiative.

The four categories and this year’s award winners are:

Advances in Environmental Technology

First Place:  Indiana Packers Corporation - Delphi, Indiana
Second Place: Keystone Foods, LLC - Equity Group Eufaula Division – Bakerhill, Alabama

Environmental Outreach to the Public

First Place: Smithfield Packing Co., Inc. - Smithfield, Virginia
Second Place: Patrick Cudahy, Inc. - Cudahy, Wisconsin
Second Place: Premium Pet Health - Denver, Colorado

Pollution Prevention

First Place:  Smithfield Packing Co., Inc. - Smithfield, Virginia
Second  Place:  JBS Green Bay, Inc. – Green Bay, Wisconsin
Second Place: JBS Greeley, Inc. – Greeley, Colorado

Resource Conservation

First Place:  Progressive Processing, Inc. – Dubuque, Iowa
Second Place:  John Morrell & Co. – Cincinnati, Ohio

In addition, AMIF recognized 129 plants with Environmental Recognition awards. The Environmental Recognition Award Program is a four-tier, voluntary environmental management system toolbox, coupled with an awards program that ranges from simple to complex. The program begins in Tier 1 with a basic package of environmental policy statements and environmental policy compliance criteria, advances through more comprehensive requirements in Tier 2, incorporates a complete EMS model developed in cooperation with the EPA as Tier 3, and culminates with an ISO 14001 EMS as Tier 4.

Finally, more than 120 meat and poultry plants were recognized for outstanding achievements in workplace safety.

AMIF’s Worker Safety Awards Program is administered with the National Safety Council.  The various levels of awards that may be earned are based on an evaluation of each eligible plant’s actual safety performance as well as its implementation of various key components of an effective safety and health program as measured by the safety program questionnaire. 

To view a full list of this year’s winners, click here:  http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/67389


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