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Smithfield Foods Facilities Recognized for Environmental and Workplace Safety Efforts by AMI Foundation

Monday, March 21, 2011

Smithfield Foods Facilities Recognized for Environmental and Workplace Safety Efforts by AMI Foundation05:00 EDT Monday, March 21, 2011SMITHFIELD, Va., March 21, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE:SFD) said today that numerous of the company's facilities were recognized for their environmental and worker safety efforts during the American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) Annual Conference on Worker Safety, Human Resources and the Environment held March 9-10 in Kansas City, Missouri. "Smithfield is extremely proud and honored to have received these awards," said Dennis H. Treacy, senior vice president of corporate affairs and chief sustainability officer. "These awards demonstrate our commitment to constantly evolving our environmental and worker safety programs as part of our overall corporate social responsibility program," Treacy continued. Five Smithfield Foods facilities were honored with Environmental Achievement Awards, which are presented to member companies that go beyond environmental compliance by designing and successfully implementing an innovative plant upgrade or environmental program.Environmental Outreach to the Public First Place: Smithfield Packing Co., Inc. – Smithfield, Virginia Second Place: Patrick Cudahy, Inc. – Cudahy, Wisconsin Second Place: Premium Pet Health – Denver, ColoradoPollution Prevention First Place: Smithfield Packing Co., Inc. – Smithfield, VirginiaResource Conservation Second Place: John Morrell & Co. – Cincinnati, Ohio AMIF also recognized 33 Smithfield Foods facilities with Environmental Recognition Awards:       814 Americas, Inc. Elizabeth, New Jersey Armour-Eckrich Meats, LLC Junction City, Kansas Armour-Eckrich Meats, LLC Mason City, Iowa Armour-Eckrich Meats, LLC Omaha, Nebraska Armour-Eckrich Meats, LLC Peru, Indiana Armour-Eckrich Meats, LLC St. James, Minnesota Carando Foods Springfield, Massachusetts Cook's Ham, Inc. Kansas City, Missouri Cook's Ham, Inc. Lincoln, Nebraska Curly's Foods, Inc. Sioux City, Iowa Farmland Foods, Inc. Arnold, Pennsylvania Farmland Foods, Inc. Carroll, Iowa Farmland Foods, Inc. Crete, Nebraska Farmland Foods, Inc. Cumming, Georgia Farmland Foods, Inc. Denison, Iowa Farmland Foods, Inc. Milan, Missouri Farmland Foods, Inc. Monmouth, Illinois Farmland Foods, Inc. Salt Lake City, Utah Farmland Foods, Inc. Wichita, Kansas Golden Crisp Premium Foods, Inc. Sioux Center, Iowa John Morrell & Co Cincinnati, Ohio John Morrell & Co Sioux Falls, South Dakota Mohawk Packing Company San Jose, California Patrick Cudahy, Inc. Cudahy, Wisconsin Premium Pet Health Denver, Colorado Saratoga Specialties Bolingbrook, Illinois Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Clayton, North Carolina Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Landover, Maryland Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Portsmouth, Virginia Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Smithfield, Virginia Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Toano, Virginia Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Wilson, North Carolina St. Charles Dry Sausage St. Charles, Illinois At the same time, five Smithfield Foods facilities were recognized with Worker Safety Awards of Honor. Worker Safety Awards are based on evaluation of each eligible facility's actual safety performance, as well as its implementation of various key components of an effective safety and health program.Award of Honor Armour Eckrich Meats, LLC – Omaha, Nebraska Smithfield Packing Co, Inc. – Clinton, North Carolina Farmland Foods, Inc. – Milan, Missouri Farmland Foods, Inc. – Crete, Nebraska Farmland Foods, Inc. – Denison, Iowa An additional 23 Smithfield Foods facilities were recognized for outstanding achievements in workplace safety and received Worker Safety Awards:    Merit Armour-Eckrich Meats, LLC Junction City, Kansas Armour-Eckrich Meats, LLC Mason City, Iowa Armour-Eckrich Meats, LLC Peru, Indiana Armour-Eckrich Meats, LLC St. Charles, Illinois Armour-Eckrich Meats, LLC St. James, Minnesota Farmland Foods, Inc. Cumming, Georgia Farmland Foods, Inc. Monmouth, Illinois Farmland Foods, Inc. Salt Lake City, Utah Farmland Foods, Inc. Wichita, Kansas Golden Crisp Premium Foods Sioux Center, Iowa John Morrell & Co. Cincinnati, Ohio Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Grayson, Kentucky Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Kinston, North Carolina Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Smithfield, Virginia Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Tar Heel, North Carolina Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Wilson, North CarolinaAward of Commendation Cook's Ham, Inc. Kansas City, Missouri Curly's Foods, Inc. Sioux City, Iowa Farmland Foods, Inc. Carroll, Iowa Patrick Cudahy, Inc. Cudahy, WisconsinCertificate of Recognition Carando Foods Springfield, Massachusetts Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Landover, Maryland Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Middlesboro, KentuckyAbout Smithfield Foods Smithfield Foods is the world's largest pork processor and hog producer, with revenues exceeding $11 billion in fiscal 2010. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories. From national brands and regional powerhouses in the United States to some of the best-known European brands, Smithfield Foods products are prized by retail, foodservice, and deli customers alike. For more information, please visit www.smithfieldfoods.com. The Smithfield Foods, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=7622CONTACT: Keira Lombardo Smithfield Foods, Inc. (757) 365-3050 keiralombardo@smithfieldfoods.com