GARNER, N.C. – March 15, 2012 – Butterball, LLC, the nation's largest poultry producer, has earned Worker Safety Recognition Awards from the American Meat Institute (AMI) for five of its facilities nationwide. These awards distinguish AMI member companies who demonstrate a strong commitment to creating a safer workplace for all meat and poultry industry employees. The awards were presented Wed., March 14 as part of AMI's Conference on Worker Safety, Health, Human Resources and the Environment in Kansas City, Mo.
Through this awards program, AMI works to increase awareness about the importance of worker safety and encouraging processors to develop safety programs that meet or exceed industry standards. The following is a breakdown of Worker Safety Recognition Awards Butterball facilities received this year:
- Award of Honor – Huntsville, Ark.
- Award of Honor – Ozark, Ark.
- Award of Merit – Carthage, Mo.
- Award of Merit – Jonesboro, Ark.
- Award of Merit – Mt. Olive, N.C.
"We are proud to receive recognition from such an esteemed industry organization for our continuous efforts to reduce occupational injury and illness," said Brian Rodgers, corporate director of safety and risk management for Butterball, LLC. "At Butterball, we proactively work to maintain the highest level of worker safety standards within each of our facilities, and this recognition serves to further motivate us to excel in our worker safety programs."
Adopting standards developed by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary Protection Program (OSHA VPP), Butterball has designed reputable safety programs that have secured a number of prestigious accolades. Four of Butterball's five facilities – in Carthage, Mo.; Jonesboro, Ark.; Ozark, Ark. and Huntsville, Ark. – have been designated OSHA Star Sites, with the Ozark, Ark. site recognized with the highest safety rating, OSHA Super Star, in 2010. Complexes holding this recognition have implemented worker safety programs that help lower injury occurrences and encourage high levels of employee participation at success rates significantly higher than industry averages.
About Butterball, LLC:
Butterball, LLC offers consumers opportunities to celebrate traditional holidays and every day meal occasions with the Butterball branded line of products. As the most recognized name in turkey, the brand represents more than 50 years of cherished memories with consumers by providing quality, great tasting products that make meals something to celebrate every day.
As an industry leader in quality and food safety, the company employs numerous processes to ensure the health of flocks and implements recognized prevention measures to exceed food safety standards in its five plants, located in North Carolina, Arkansas and Missouri. In addition, Butterball has surpassed important workplace safety and health benchmarks set forth by OSHA's Voluntary Production Program.
Headquartered in Garner, N.C., Butterball is the largest producer of turkey products in the U.S. – producing 1 billion pounds of turkey each year. The company's retail and foodservice products are distributed throughout the U.S. and in more than 30 countries.
For more information about Butterball, visit Butterball.com or call 1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372) for answers to your turkey preparation questions.