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AMI Foundation Awards Smithfield Foods, Facilities for Their Environmental and Workplace Safety Performance

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SMITHFIELD, Va., April 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smithfield Foods announced today that the company's facilities across the United States received a total of 74 awards this year from the American Meat Institute (AMI) Foundation for their environmental and worker safety performance.

The awards were announced during AMI's annual conference on Worker Safety, Human Resources and the Environment on April 9, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo.

"This is another exciting year to have so many of our companies and facilities recognized by AMI, because it continues to demonstrate that our environmental and workplace safety commitments are truly an integral part of all levels of our organization," said Dennis H. Treacy, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer.

AMI Environmental Recognition Awards is a four-tier, voluntary environmental management system toolbox. The program begins in Tier 1 with simple environmental compliance policies and culminates with an ISO 14001 EMS as Tier 4, the most complex program.

AMI recognized 35 Smithfield Foods facilities with Environmental Recognition Awards, all in Tier 4.

Tier 4
Environmental Recognition Award Winners
814 Americas, Inc. Elizabeth, New Jersey
Farmland Foods, Inc. Crete, Nebraska
Farmland Foods, Inc. Lincoln, Nebraska
Farmland Foods, Inc. Martin City, Missouri
Farmland Foods, Inc. Milan, Missouri
Farmland Foods, Inc. Salt Lake City, Utah
Farmland Foods, Inc. Wichita, Kansas
John Morrell Food Group Cincinnati, Ohio
John Morrell Food Group Junction City, Kansas
John Morrell Food Group Mason City, Iowa
John Morrell Food Group Peru, Indiana
John Morrell Food Group San Jose, California
John Morrell Food Group Sioux Center, Iowa
John Morrell Food Group Sioux City, Iowa
John Morrell Food Group Sioux Falls, South Dakota
John Morrell Food Group Springfield, Massachusetts
John Morrell Food Group St. Charles, Illinois
John Morrell Food Group St. James, Minnesota
Patrick Cudahy, LLC Cudahy, Wisconsin
Premium Pet Health, LLC Denver, Colorado
Premium Pet Health, LLC Sioux City, Iowa
Premium Pet Health, LLC Smithfield, Virginia
Saratoga Food Specialties Bolingbrook, Illinois
Smithfield Packing Company Carroll, Iowa
Smithfield Packing Company Charlotte, North Carolina
Smithfield Packing Company Clayton, North Carolina
Smithfield Packing Company Clinton, North Carolina
Smithfield Packing Company Cumming, Georgia
Smithfield Packing Company Denison, Iowa
Smithfield Packing Company Kinston, North Carolina
Smithfield Packing Company Middlesboro, Kentucky
Smithfield Packing Company Monmouth, Illinois
Smithfield Packing Company Omaha, Nebraska
Smithfield Packing Company Smithfield, Virginia
Smithfield Packing Company Toano, Virginia

In addition, AMI also recognized eight Smithfield Foods facilities with Worker Safety Awards of Honor. This award is based on evaluating each facility's actual safety performance, as well as how effectively it implemented various key components of a safety and health program. This is an improvement from 2013 with three more facilities awarded this year.

Award of Honor
Golden Crisp Premium Foods Sioux Center, Iowa
John Morrell Food Group Omaha, Nebraska
John Morrell Food Group Peru, Indiana
Murphy Brown, LLC Milford, Utah
Smithfield Farmland Fresh Meats Crete, Nebraska
Smithfield Farmland Fresh Meats Milan, Missouri
Smithfield Farmland Fresh Meats Salt Lake City, Utah
Smithfield Farmland Fresh Meats Tar Heel, North Carolina

An additional 31 Smithfield Foods facilities were recognized for outstanding achievements in workplace safety and received Worker Safety Awards:

Award of Merit
John Morrell Food Group Cincinnati, Ohio
John Morrell Food Group Junction City, Kansas
John Morrell Food Group Sioux Falls, South Dakota
John Morrell Food Group St. Charles, Illinois
John Morrell Food Group St. James, Minnesota
Murphy Brown, LLC Warsaw, North Carolina
Murphy Brown, LLC Yuma, Colorado
Patrick Cudahy, LLC Cudahy, Wisconsin
Smithfield Farmland Distribution Center Clayton, North Carolina
Smithfield Farmland Fresh Meats Denison, Iowa
Smithfield Farmland Fresh Meats Smithfield, Virginia
Smithfield Farmland Packaged Meats Grayson, Kentucky
Smithfield Farmland Packaged Meats Wichita, Kansas
Smithfield Farmland Packaged Meats Wilson, North Carolina
Award of Commendation
Farmland Foods, Inc Arnold, Pennsylvania
John Morrell Food Group Mason City, Iowa
John Morrell Food Group Sioux City, Iowa
John Morrell Food Group Smithfield, Virginia
Murphy Brown, LLC Algona, Iowa
Murphy Brown, LLC Laverne, Oklahoma
Murphy Brown, LLC Kenansville, North Carolina
Murphy Brown, LLC Waverly, Virginia
Saratoga Foods Bolingbrook, Illinois
Smithfield Farmland Packaged Meats Lincoln, Nebraska
Smithfield Farmland Printing Operations Independence, Missouri
Certificate of Recognition
John Morrell Food Group Springfield, Massachusetts
Murphy Brown, LLC Rose Hill, North Carolina
Premium Pet Health, LLC Orange City, Iowa
Smithfield Farmland Packaged Meats Carroll, Iowa
Smithfield Farmland Packaged Meats Kansas City, Missouri
Smithfield Farmland Fresh Meats Monmouth, Illinois

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $13 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Farmland®, Armour®, Cook's®, Gwaltney®, John Morrell®, Kretschmar®, Curly's®, Carando®, Margherita®, and Healthy Ones®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental, and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com and www.smithfieldcommitments.com.

CONTACT: Kathleen Kirkham Smithfield Foods, Inc. (757) 365-1965 kathleenkirkham@smithfieldfoods.com

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