SMITHFIELD, Va. – Fifty-four Smithfield Foods Inc. facilities in 23 states have been given the American Meat Institute’s Environmental Recognition Award for efforts in their local areas during the past year.

The AMI award singles out companies that assess their own environmental challenges and develop unique solutions that encourage continuous improvement. The awards ceremony was held in Kansas City, Mo. last week.

"Once again our employees all across the Smithfield Foods family of companies have demonstrated their commitment and dedication to preserving our natural resources," said C. Larry Pope, president and CEO, in a statement. "At each and every one of our facilities, our employees understand that environmental stewardship is a critical part of our daily jobs,"

Dennis Treacy, vice president of environmental and corporate affairs, said, "While we are proud that our facilities across the country have achieved this recognition, there is much more we can do to protect the natural resources in the communities where our employees live, work and raise their families. We are committed to producing good food for families in a responsible way."

A full listing of the facilities receiving the award can be found at the Smithfield Web site.


Source: Smithfield Foods Inc.