215 Poultry Facilities Recognized for Exceptional Safety Performance

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The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recently recognized 215 chicken and turkey facilities with safety awards. The companies were honored in recognition of their outstanding performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs.

Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years (2017 – 2019) and an evaluation of written applications by academia and other safety experts. Sixty-one facilities received the highest level of recognition, “Award of Distinction.” The other categories include “Award of Honor” and “Award of Merit.”

The Award of Distinction honors facilities for sharing the essential aspects of safety and health training, education and employee involvement and have incurred injury and incident rates equal to or greater than 75 percent less than Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) results. The Award of Honor honors facilities based on the same essential aspects but with incident rates between 75 and 50 percent less than BLS results, and the Award of Merit honors facilities that have incurred injury and incident rates between 50 percent and equal to BLS results.

Based on the latest data available from the BLS, the slaughter and poultry processing Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) total recordable illness and injury rate for 2018 was 3.5 cases per 100 full-time workers, down from 3.8 in 2017. The poultry industry’s rate of 3.5 was below the rate of 5.1 for similar agricultural industries in terms of injuries per 100 full-time workers and lower than the rate of 4.2 for the entire food manufacturing sector, while all of manufacturing was 3.4.

“It is always encouraging to see so many companies implementing new and innovative programs to promote safety in their facilities,” said Frank Cruice, senior director of corporate safety and security, Perdue Farms, and chair of the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council. “The awards are indicative of the impressive progress made by the industry regarding the safety and health of its workers.”

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 companies receiving awards are as follows.

Award of Distinction

Allen Harim LLC
Seaford Feed Mill

Butterball LLC
Alix Feed Mill
Farmville Feed Mill
Green Forest Feed Mill
Turkey, NC Feed Mill
Raeford Further Processing Plant

Cargill
Butterfield, MO Feed Mill

Claxton Poultry Farms
Claxton Poultry Processing Plant

Cobb-Vantress, Inc.
Siloam Springs, AR Hatchery
Timpson, TX Hatchery
Sweetwater Farm
U of A Breeder Research Farm

Foster Poultry Farms
Cedar Hatchery
Choudrant, LA Hatchery

House of Raeford Farms
Monetta, SC Hatchery

Koch Foods, Inc.
Hope Hull, AL Feed Mill
Cumming, GA Further Processing
Montgomery, AL Processing
Morristown, TN Processing
Pine Mountain Valley, GA Processing

Maple Leaf Foods
Toronto Poultry

Mountaire Farms, Inc.
Lumber Bridge, NC Processing
Selbyville, DE Processing

Peco Foods, Inc.
Batesville Processing Complex
Feather Lane Further Processing
Fulton Street Processing
Pocahontas Processing
Sebastopol Processing
Tuscaloosa Processing

Perdue Foods, LLC
Cofield, NC Feed Mill
Hurlock, MD Feed Mill
Salisbury, MD Feed Mill
Accomac, VA Processing
Bridgewater, VA Further Processing
Monterey, TN Further Processing

Pilgrim’s
Canton, GA Feed Mill
Moorefield, WV Feed Mill
Nacogdoches, TX Feed Mill
Blane, GA Hatchery
Fort Payne, AL Hatchery
Pilgrim’s Concord Hatchery
Mayfield, KY Hatchery
Nacogdoches, TX Center Hatchery
Nacogdoches, TX Swift Hatchery
Pittsburg, TX Hatchery
Canton, GA Processing
Chattanooga, TN Processing
Gainesville, GA Processing

Sanderson Farms, Inc.
Adel, GA Hatchery

Simmons Foods, Inc.
Siloam Springs, AR Hatchery

Tyson Foods, Inc.
Franklin, KY Hatchery
Hope, AR Hatchery
Hope, AR Processing Plant
Tyson of Rogers, AR Further Processing Plant
Springdale, AR Berry Street Processing Plant
Muscatine, IA Rendering
Robards, KY Rendering
Texarkana, AR Rendering

Valley Proteins, Inc.
Wadesboro, NC Division

Wayne Farms LLC
Jack, AL Enterprise Complex
Union Springs, AL Processing

Award of Honor

Butterball LLC
Carthage, MO Processing
Huntsville, AR Processing
Ozark, AR Processing

Cargill
California, MO Hatchery
Springdale, AR Processing Plant

Case Farms
Massillon, OH Feed Mill
Shelby, NC Feed Mill
Goldsboro, NC Hatchery
Goldsboro, NC Fresh Processing
Goldsboro, NC Further Processing
Morgantown, NC Processing Plant
Winesburg, OH Processing Plant

Cobb-Vantress, Inc.
Blairsville Hatchery
Fayetteville Hatchery
Tennessee Hatchery
Hartwell, GA Eagle Grove Farm
Kentucky Production
Siloam Springs, AR Southwest Production
Strawberry Hill Farm
Wadesboro, NC Production

Cooper Farms
Oakwood, OH Hatchery

Crider, Inc.
Stillmore, GA Crider Foods Processing

Farbest Foods, Inc.
Huntingburg, IN Processing
Vincennes, IN Processing Plant

Fieldale Farms
Baldwin, GA Cornelia Plant

Foster Poultry Farms
Burrel Commodity Mill
Cherry Ave Plant
Farmerville Cooked Plant
Farmerville Processing Plant
Kelso, WA Processing
Turlock, CA FTP 2 Processing

Fries Farms LLC
Glennville, GA Hatchery

George’s, Inc.
Batesville, AR Hatchery
Harrisonburg, VA Broadway Hatchery
Springdale, AR Further Processing

Gerber’s Poultry Processing
Kidron, OH Processing

House of Raeford Farms
Arcadia, LA Processing
Rose Hill, NC Processing

Koch Foods, Inc.
Forest, MS Further Processing
Morton, MS Processing

Mountaire Farms
Frankford, DE Feed Mill
Millsboro, DE Feed Mill
Mount Vernon Hatchery
Princess Anne, MD Hatchery

Peco Foods, Inc.
Gordo Feed Mill
Newark Feed Mill
Batesville Hatchery

Perdue Foods LLC
Bridgeville, DE Feed Mill
Candor, NC Feed Mill
Candor, NC Eagle Springs Hatchery
Vincennes, IN Hatchery
Milford, DE Processing
Cromwell, KY Processing
Dillon, SC Processing
Georgetown, DE Processing
Lewiston, NC Processing
Perry, GA Harvest
Rockingham, NC Processing
Salisbury, MD Processing

Pilgrim’s
Harrisonburg, VA Feed Mill
Las Piedras, PR Feed Mill
Marshville, NC Feed Mill
Mayfield, KY Feed Mill
Staley, NC Feed Mill
Tenaha, TX Feed Mill
Canton, GA Hatchery
Carrollton, GA Processing
DeQueen, AR Processing
Enterprise, AL Processing
Marshville, NC Processing
Mayfield, KY Processing
Moorefield, WV Fresh Processing
DeQueen, AR Rendering

Simmons Foods, Inc.
Fairland, OK Feed Mill

Tip Top Poultry, Inc.
Rockmart, GA Further Processing

Tyson Foods, Inc.
Franklin, KY Feed Mill
Gonzales, TX Feed Mill
Nashville, AR Feed Mill
Waldron, AR Feed Mill
Center Hatchery (Carthage Complex)
Decherd, TN Hatchery
Dexter, MO Hatchery
Eufaula, AL Hatchery
Oglethorpe, GA Hatchery
Sedalia, MO Hatchery
Albany, KY Processing Plant
Cumming, GA Further Processing Plant
Monett, MO Processing Plant
Monroe, NC Processing Plant
Nashville, AR Processing Plant
North Little Rock, AR Processing Plant
Seguin, TX Processing Plant
Union City, TN Processing Plant
Van Buren, AR Further Processing Plant
Vicksburg, MS Further Processing Plant
Waldron, AR Processing Plant
Cuthbert, GA Rendering
Scranton, AR Rendering

Wayne Farms, LLC
Danville, AR Hatchery
Decatur, AL Hatchery
Dothan, AL Hatchery
Laurel, MS Hatchery
Danville, AR Processing Plant
Decatur, AL East Further Processing
Decatur, AL West Prepared Foods

Valley Protein, Inc.
Fayetteville, NC Division
Linville, VA Division

Award of Merit

Allen Harim Foods LLC
Dagsboro Hatchery

Butterball LLC
Goldsboro, NC Hatchery #2
Goldsboro, NC Hatchery #3
Raeford, NC Hatchery #1

Cargill
Gentry, AR Hatchery

Cobb-Vantress, Inc.
Kentucky Hatchery
Dry Creek Farm

Foster Poultry Farms
Delta, CO Feed Mill
Athens Hatchery
Turlock, CA FTP 1 Processing
Livingston, CA PC Plant

George’s, Inc.
Batesville, AR Feed Mill
Edinburg, VA Processing
Springdale, AR Processing

Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc.
Barron Processing Plant
Faribault Processing Plant

Peco Foods, Inc.
Gordo Hatchery
Pocahontas Hatchery

Pilgrim’s
Athens, GA Feed Mill
Commerce, GA Feed Mill
Nashville, AR Feed Mill
Douglas, GA Processing
Nacogdoches, TX Processing
Sumter, SC Processing
Broadway Processing
Mt. Pleasant, TX Rendering
Simmons Foods, Inc.
Siloam Springs, AR Further Processing

Smart Chicken
Waverly, NE Processing

Tyson Foods, Inc.
Eufaula Feed Mill
Pottsville, AR Feed Mill
Gonzales, TX Harwood Hatchery
Waldron, AR Hatchery
Berryville, AR Further Processing Plant
Blountsville, AL Processing Plant
Camilla, GA Processing Plant
Carthage, MS Processing Plant
Clarksville, AR Further Processing Plant
Dexter, MO Processing Plant
Eufaula, AL Processing Plant
Forest, MS Processing Plant
Grannis, AR Processing Plant
Randall Road Cornish Further Processing Plant
Chicken Quick AR Further Processing Plant
Temperanceville Processing Plant
Aliceville, AL Rendering
Dawsonville, GA Rendering
Forest, MS Rendering

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