122 Poultry Facilities Recognized for Outstanding Safety Performance

DESTIN, Fla. – At the 2016 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry in Destin, Fla., 122 chicken and turkey facilities received safety awards by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council. The companies were honored in recognition of their outstanding performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs.

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council consists of members from the 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 directly employ more than 350,000 workers.

“The poultry industry has made great progress over the last 20 years when it comes to workplace safety. Today our industry’s safety record is almost equal to that of the rest of the manufacturing industries. Although great improvements have been made, industry safety professionals are continuously looking for ways to improve. No matter their role, safety is a commitment expected of all employees in the industry,” said the Council.

The total recordable poultry processing illness and injury rate for 2014 was 4.3 cases per 100 full-time workers (per year), down from 4.5 in 2013. This represents an 81 percent decrease from 1994 (the oldest data available on the BLS website), when the recorded rate was 22.7, demonstrating the enormous progress poultry processors have made in improving safety for our workforce.

Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications by judges Doug Britton, program manager for Agricultural Technology Research at Georgia Tech Research Institute, Jill James of Vivid Learning Systems and George Nassif of Aon Global Risk Consulting. Fifty-two facilities received the highest level of recognition, “Award of Distinction.” The other categories included “Award of Honor” and “Award of Merit.”

Award of Distinction
American Proteins

Hanceville, AL – Rendering

Butterball LLC
Raeford, NC – Hatchery

Goldsboro, NC – Hatchery

Huntsville, AR – Processing

Carthage, MO – Processing

Ozark, AR – Processing

Jonesboro, AR – Further Processing

Mt. Olive, NC – Processing

Cargill Protein Group

Waco, TX – Processing

Cargill Turkey Production LLC

Harrisonburg, VA – Feed Mill

Gentry, AR – Hatchery

Cobb-Vantress, Inc.

Siloam Springs, AR – Feed Mill

Sweetwater Farm

Foster Farms

Emmett, AR – Prescott Feed Mill

Demopolis, AL – Corndog Plant

Turlock, CA (FTP 1) – Processing

Turlock, CA (FTP 2) – Cooked Plant

Farmerville, LA – Cooked Plant

Farmerville, LA – Processing

Fresno, CA (Cherry Ave) – Processing

GNP Company
Arcadia, WI – Feed Mill

Keystone Foods LLC

Equity Group – KY Division

Camilla, GA – Processing

Gadsden, AL – Further Processing

Koch Foods, Inc.
Morton, MS – Feed Mill

Mountaire Farms Inc.
Princess Anne, MD – Hatchery

Statesville, NC – Breeder

Silver City, NC (Mount Vernon) – Hatchery

Lumber Bridge, NC – Processing

Perdue Farms
Bridgeville, DE – Feed Mill

Dillon, SC – Hatchery

Hurlock, MD – Hatchery

Cromwell, KY – Hatchery

Dillon, SC – Processing

Accomac, VA– Processing

Concord, NC – Further Processing

Georgetown, DE – Processing

Murfreesboro, NC – Hatchery

Cromwell, KY – Processing

Perry, GA – Processing

Perry, GA – Cook Plant

Monterey, TN – Processing

Rockingham, NC – Processing

Lakeview, CA – Growers Hatchery

Pilgrim’s Corp
Live Oak, FL – Hatchery

Tyson / River Valley Animal Foods
Robards, KY – Rendering

Tyson Foods
Storm Lake, IA – Processing

Wayne Farms LLC

Dobson, NC – Hatchery

Troy, AL – Hatchery

Union Springs, AL – Processing

Pendergrass, GA – Processing

Decatur, AL – East Further Processing

Award of Honor
Cargill Turkey Production LLC
Springdale, AR – Feed Mill

Purdy, MO – Feed Mill

Cobb-Vantress, Inc.
Wadesboro, NC – Hatchery

Foster Farms Inc.

Wadesboro, NC – Hatchery

House of Raeford

Arcadia, LA – Processing

Greenville, SC – Processing

West Columbia, SC – Complex

Jennie-O Turkey Store
Detroit Lakes, MN – Hatchery

Montevideo, MN – Processing

Pelican Rapids, MN (West Central) – Turkeys

Keystone Foods LLC

Eufaula, AL Division

North Carolina Division

Koch Foods

Chattanooga, TN – Feed Mill

Crossville, AL – Hatchery

Pine Mountain Valley, GA – Processing

Ashland, AL – Processing

Collinsville, AL – Processing

Gadsden, AL – Processing

Forest, MS – Further Processing

Mountaire Farms

Millsboro, DE – Feed Mill

Frankford, DE – Feed Mill

Shelbyville, DE – Processing

Millsboro, DE – Resource Recovery Plant

Perdue Farms Inc.

Bridgewater, VA – Further Processing

Salisbury, MD – Feed Mill

Forsyth, GA – Feed Mill

Lewiston, NC – Processing

Westover, MD – Hatchery

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation

Ft. Payne, AL – Hatchery

Gainesville, GA – Processing

Sanderson Farms, Inc.

Collins, MS – Hatchery

Adel, GA – Hatchery

Flowood, MS – Processing

Tyson Foods  

Cumming, GA – Further Processing

Berryville, AR – Processing

Nashville, AR – Processing

Springdale, AR (Berry Street) – Processing

Russellville, AR – Processing

Valley Proteins Inc.

Linkwood, MD – Rendering

Fayetteville, NC – Rendering

Wayne Farms LLC

Danville, AR – Hatchery

Decatur, AL (West) – Further Processing

Enterprise, AL – Processing

Laurel, MS – Hatchery

Dothan, AL – Processing

Award of Merit
American Proteins

Cuthbert, GA – Rendering

Fries Farms LLC

Glennville, GA (Tattnall) – Hatchery

George’s Inc.

Springdale, AR – Further Processing

Jennie-O Turkey Store

Barron, WI – Processing

Koch Foods

Anniston, AL – Hatchery

Cumming, GA – Further Processing

Peco Farms Inc.

Tuscaloosa, AL – Processing

Canton, MS (Feather Lane) – Further Processing

Bay Springs, MS – Processing

Batesville, AR – Processing

Sebastopol, MS – Processing

Canton, MS – Processing

Brooksville, MS – Further Processing

Perdue Foods

Milford, DE – Processing

Washington, IN – Feed Mill

Elkin, NC – Feed Mill

Pilgrim’s Corp.

Natchitoches, LA – Processing

Live Oak, FL – Processing

Marshville, NC – Processing

Moorefield, WV – Prepared Foods

Lufkin, TX – Processing

Gainesville, GA – Processing

Chattanooga, TN – Processing

Chattanooga, TN – Further Processing

Mt. Pleasant, TX – Prepared Foods


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