The American Meat Institute recognized poultry and red meat processing plants at its annual conference on Worker Safety, Health, Human Resources and the Environment held in April in Denver. (Complete list of winners.)

“This program’s ongoing success is a testament to our industry’s strong dedication to workplace safety,” said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle.

“We applaud the efforts of these plants to protect their workers and for their continued commitment to further progress.”

Five poultry plants were recognized with the highest award – the Award of Honor.

These plants are Butterball LLC turkey plants in Huntsville, Ark., and Mt. Olive, N.C.; Cargill Meat Solutions’ further processing plant in Timberville, Va.; and Sara Lee plants in Storm Lake, Iowa, and Zeeland, Mich.

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Three plants received the Award of Merit – Butterball LLC, Carthage, Mo.; Cargill Meat Solutions, Dayton, Va.; and Cooper Farms Processing, St. Henry, Ohio.

One plant, Cargill Meat Solutions, Waco, Texas, received the Award of Commendation.

Also, Cargill Meat Solutions, California, Mo., and Kraft Foods Newberry, S.C., each received a Certificate of Recognition.

The various levels of awards are earned based on an evaluation of each eligible plant’s actual safety performance and its implementation of various key components of an effective safety and health program as measured by the safety program questionnaire.

Each plant’s award application was analyzed by experts at the National Safety Council, who assisted with the development of the program.