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AMI Foundation Honors Smithfield Foods, Facilities for Their Environmental and Workplace Safety Efforts

Monday, March 19, 2012

AMI Foundation Honors Smithfield Foods, Facilities for Their Environmental and Workplace Safety Efforts13:15 EDT Monday, March 19, 2012SMITHFIELD, Va., March 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE:SFD) said today that the company's facilities across the United States received a total of 62 awards for their environmental and worker safety efforts from the American Meat Institute (AMI) Foundation. The awards were announced during AMI's annual conference on Worker Safety, Human Resources and the Environment on March 14 in Kansas City, Mo. "We're very proud that so many of our companies received these awards because it underscores our companywide commitment to reducing our environmental footprint in our communities and enhancing workplace safety for our employees," said Dennis H. Treacy, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer. AMI recognized 36 Smithfield Foods facilities with Environmental Recognition Awards:  Tier 4 814 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. Charles, Illinois Armour-Eckrich Meats, LLC St. James, Minnesota Carando Foods Springfield, Massachusetts 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. Kansas City, Missouri Farmland Foods, Inc. Lincoln, Nebraska 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 Mohawk Packing Company San Jose, California Patrick Cudahy, LLC Cudahy, Wisconsin Premium Pet Health Denver, Colorado Saratoga Food Specialties Bolingbrook, Illinois Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Clayton, North Carolina Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Clinton, North Carolina Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Grayson, Kentucky Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Kinston, North Carolina Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Landover, Maryland Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Portsmouth, Virginia Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Smithfield, Virginia Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Tar Heel, North Carolina Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Toano, Virginia Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Wilson, North Carolina In addition, AMI also recognized five 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.Award of Honor Armour-Eckrich Meats, LLC — Omaha, Nebraska Farmland Foods, Inc. — Cumming, Georgia Farmland Foods, Inc. — Milan, Missouri Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. — Clinton, North Carolina Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. — Kinston, North Carolina An additional 21 Smithfield Foods facilities were recognized for outstanding achievements in workplace safety and received Worker Safety Awards:  Merit Armour-Eckrich Meats, LLC Mason City, Iowa Armour-Eckrich Meats, LLC Peru, Indiana Farmland Foods, Inc. Crete, Nebraska Farmland Foods, Inc. Denison, Iowa 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. Sioux Falls, South Dakota Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Smithfield, Virginia Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Portsmouth, Virginia  Award of Commendation Armour-Eckrich Meats, LLC Saint James, Minnesota Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Grayson, Kentucky Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Wilson, North Carolina  Certificate of Recognition Carando Foods Springfield, Massachusetts Curly's Foods, Inc. Sioux City, Iowa Farmland Foods, Inc. Arnold, Pennsylvania Farmland Foods, Inc. Lincoln, Nebraska John Morrell & Co. San Jose, California Patrick Cudahy, LLC Cudahy, Wisconsin Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Tar Heel, North CarolinaAbout 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 Farmland®, Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Armour® and John Morrell®. 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. 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