LIVINGSTON, Calif. – Nine Foster Farms facilities in five states earned the highest level of achievement for employee safety. The company received Awards of Distinction from the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council during the 2015 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry held last week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recognized Foster Farms facilities for outstanding safety performance through the implementation of innovative employee safety and health programs. The awards were based on each facility’s injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications. The Award of Distinction is the highest level of recognition for the program.
The following Foster Farms facilities earned Awards of Distinction:
“We are dedicated to maintaining a safe working environment for our employees,” said James Ferrell, corporate manager of risk. “The conditions to qualify for this distinction were even more rigorous this year, and we are proud to be recognized as leading our industry in employee safety. We are grateful to our employees who work hard to improve safety at each facility.” Foster Farms employs more than 12,000 employees nationwide.
According to the National Chicken Council, illness and injury rates industry wide have decreased 80 percent since 1994.
Since 1939, West Coast families have depended on Foster Farms for premium quality chicken products. Family-owned and operated, the company continues its legacy of excellence and commitment to quality established by its founders, Max and Verda Foster. Foster Farms specializes in fresh, all natural chicken products free of preservatives, additives or injected sodium enhancers. Based in California’s Central Valley, with ranches also in the Pacific Northwest, the company’s fresh chicken is produced in or near each region served and delivered fresh within 48 hours. Foster Farms also produces delicious pre-marinated, ready-to-cook and fully cooked products that meet the quality and convenience needs of today’s home cooks, retailers, warehouse clubs and foodservice customers.
Food safety is Foster Farms’ highest priority and the company would like to remind consumers to always follow safe handling, preparation and storage guidelines for the preparation of fresh poultry products. All fresh poultry products should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit as measured by a meat thermometer. Visit www.fosterfarms.com to learn more.
The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council includes members from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council (NCC) and National Turkey Federation. These three industry associations collectively produce 95 percent of the nation’s poultry products and provide jobs for more than 350,000 people. More information on the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council Awards is available through the National Chicken Council.