The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council today recognized 68 chicken and turkey facilities for outstanding safety performance by implementing innovative and effective safety and health programs. The annual safety awards were presented during the 2012 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry held in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

“I not only commend these plants and their management teams for their tremendous efforts to protect their workers, but for their ongoing dedication to further progress,” said Mike Brown, National Chicken Council president.  “The significant and consistent decline in illness and injury rates among our workforce over the past two decades is a direct result of their strong commitment to worker safety.”

John Starkey, president of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, commented, “The industry recognizes that our people are our most valuable asset, and worker safety efforts have never been stronger. Poultry companies continue to devote people, time, and other resources to actively identify and correct workplace hazards. These awards acknowledge excellent safety performance achievement through effective and innovative programs.”

“The poultry industry has been diligent in reducing recordable injuries and illnesses for nearly 30 years,” said National Turkey Federation President Joel Brandenberger.  “These awards acknowledge the excellent safety performance achievements the poultry industry has accomplished. We hope by highlighting these facilities we can all learn additional practices and tools to further protect the people that work hard every day in our plants to provide high-quality, safe and nutritious protein for consumers.”

Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications by three judges: Gary Pohlmann of Marsh Risk Consulting; Doug Britton, program manager for Agricultural Technology Research at Georgia Tech Research Institute; and George Nassif of Aon Global Risk Consulting. Twenty-five facilities received the highest level of recognition, “Award of Distinction.” The other categories included “Award of Honor” and “Award of Merit.”

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council consists of members from U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. Collectively, the three organizations represent companies that produce 95 percent of the nation’s poultry products and employ over 350,000 workers.

Award of Distinction

Butterball LLC

  • Ozark, AR – Processing
  • Carthage, MO – Processing
  • Huntsville, AR – Processing

Cargill Turkey Production LLC

  • Butterfield, MO – Feed Mill
  • Springdale, AR – Feed Mill

Cargill Value Added Meats

  • Temple, TX – Feed Mill
  • Waco, TX – Processing

Keystone Foods

  • Albany, KY – Processing
  • Franklin, KY – Hatchery
  • Camilla, GA – Processing

Perdue Farms Inc.

  • Perry, GA – Cook Plant
  • Dillon, SC – Processing
  • Perry, GA – Fresh Processing
  • Concord, NC – Further Processing
  • Salisbury, MD – Processing
  • Rockingham, NC – Processing
  • Accomac, VA – Processing
  • Georgetown, DE – Roaster Complex

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation

  • Falkville, AL – Feed Mill
  • Batesville, AR – Processing

Sara Lee Foods

  • Storm Lake, IA – Processing

Simmons Foods

  • Siloam Springs, AR – Further Processing

Wayne Farms LLC

  • Pendergrass, GA – Processing
  • Decatur, AL West – Hatchery
  • Union Springs, AL – Processing

Award of Honor

Butterball LLC

  • Mt. Olive, NC – Processing

Cargill Turkey Production LLC

  • California, MO – Feed Mill

Cargill Value Added Meats

  • Springdale, AR – Processing

Cobb-Vantress, Inc.

  • Siloam Springs, AR – Feed Mill
  • Timpson, TX – Hatchery

Gerber Poultry

  • Kidron, OH – Processing

Hubbard LLC

  • Pikeville, TN – Hatchery

Keystone Foods

  • Gadsden, AL – Processing
  • Eufaula, AL – Processing

Moroni Feed Company

  • Moroni, UT – Feed Mill

Perdue Farms Inc.

  • Cromwell, KY – Hatchery
  • Forsyth, GA – Hatchery
  • Bridgewater, VA – Further Processing
  • Nashville, NC – Feed Mill
  • Cromwell, KY – Processing
  • Washington, IN – Turkey Processing
  • Forsyth, GA – Feed Mill

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation

  • Moorefield, WV – Hatchery
  • Broadway, VA – Processing
  • Moorefield, WV – Feed Mill
  • Harrisonburg, VA – Feed Mill
  • Mayfield, KY – Processing
  • Pittsburg, TX – Hatchery #1 & #2
  • Natchitoches, LA –Processing

Sanderson Farms, Inc.

  • Laurel, MS – Processing
  • McComb, MS – Processing

River Valley Animal Foods

  • Robards, KY
  • Texarkana, AR

Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative

  • Hinton, VA – Processing

Wayne Farms LLC

  • Troy, AL – Hatchery
  • Laurel, MS – Feed Mill
  • Danville, AR – Hatchery
  • Decatur, AL East – Further Processing
  • Decatur, AL – Fresh Plant

Award of Merit

House of Raeford Farms

  • Arcadia, LA – Processing

Peco Foods, Inc.

  • Sebastopol, MS – Processing

Perdue Farms Inc.

  • Dothan, AL – Processing
  • Salisbury, MD – Hatchery 2
  • Murfreesboro, NC – Hatchery

Pilgrim’s Corp

  • Athens, GA – Feed Mill
  • Broadway, VA – Hatchery
  • Moorefield, WV – Prepared Foods
  • Canton, GA – Processing