The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council presented safety awards to poultry companies during the National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry.

The awards, which are expected to be given out annually, were handed out to 48 chicken and turkey companies that exemplified outstanding safety performance through the implementation of new health and safety programs. Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications by three judges. The Council is made up of members from the U.S Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation.


The highest category was Award of Distinction and winners in this category include: Butterball LLC, Cargill Turkey Production LLC, Equity Group Kentucky Division LLC, Simmons Foods Inc. and Wayne Farms LLC. Two other categories were also given for Award of Honor and Award of Merit.