updated 3/21/2011 8:16:28 AM ET 2011-03-21T12:16:28

SMITHFIELD, 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, Colorado

Pollution Prevention

First Place: Smithfield Packing Co., Inc. – Smithfield, Virginia

Resource 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 Carolina
Award 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, Wisconsin
Certificate of Recognition
Carando Foods Springfield, Massachusetts
Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Landover, Maryland
Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. Middlesboro, Kentucky

About 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 .

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CONTACT: Keira Lombardo
         Smithfield Foods, Inc.
         (757) 365-3050
         keiralombardo@smithfieldfoods.com

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