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124 Meat and Poultry Plants Honored with Environmental Recognition Awards at Annual Conference

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Kansas City, MO —  The American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) recognized 124  plants with Environmental Recognition awards during a reception at its annual Conference on Worker Safety, Human Resources and the Environment.  The presentation was held during AMIF’s 2013 Conference on Worker Safety, Human Resources and the Environment, at the Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri, March 20-21, 2013.


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 One with a basic package of environmental policy statements and environmental policy compliance criteria, advances through more comprehensive requirements in Tier Two, incorporates a complete EMS model developed in cooperation with the EPA as Tier Three, and culminates with an ISO 14001 EMS as Tier Four.


This year 40 plants received the highest level Tier Four awards. Sixty-one were recognized for Tier Three; 11 were recognized for Tier Two; and 12 plants were recognized for completing Tier One.


In addition, AMIF recognized eight plants with its environmental achievement awards in categories including Environmental Technology, Outreach and Training; Pollution Prevention; Resource Conservation; and Social and Economic Sustainability.


Environmental Achievement Awards are won by those member companies that go beyond environmental compliance by designing and successfully implementing an innovative plant upgrade or environmental program.


“The meat and poultry industry has made great strides in our environmental programs said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle, who presented the awards. “Companies understand that not only do these steps benefit their communities, they also make good business sense.”


For a complete list of this year’s Environmental Recognition award recipients, click here.


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The American Meat Institute (AMI) represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Together, AMI's members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the United States. The Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the meat and poultry packing and processing industry. http://www.meatinstitute.org/


The American Meat Institute Foundation is a non-profit research, education and information foundation established by the American Meat Institute to study ways the meat and poultry industry can produce better, safer products and operate more efficiently.


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