Perry’s Tyson Fresh Meats wins environmental impact award

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SPRINGDALE, Ark. — The Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Perry is one of 35 Tyson Foods plants nationwide recognized recently by the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) for their dedication to making a positive environmental impact, according to a statement from the company, the world’s second-largest meat processor.

The Perry plant received an Environmental Recognition award, which recognizes a company’s dedication to continuous environmental improvement, as witnessed by the development and implementation of environmental management systems (EMS).

“We are proud to see these individual plants being honored for their commitment to environmental improvement” said Kim Dirks, senior director of EHS operations for Tyson. “It’s a testament to our commitment at Tyson to implement solutions that help to enhance our environmental stewardship while working to put food on America’s tables.”

“NAMI’s Environmental Recognition Program Awards are earned by companies with programs demonstrating continuous environmental improvement,” said Meat Institute President and CEO Julie Anna Potts. “NAMI members voted to designate environmental sustainability a non-competitive issue within the organization, enabling and encouraging members to share their best practices with each other to improve the industry as a whole. Tyson Foods’ many Environmental Recognition Awards demonstrates a commitment to the environment but also recognizes them as a leader within the industry.”

The recognition awards are categorized by four tiers in order to encourage EMS development through a step-by step-approach, the Tyson statement said. Tier I recognizes compliance policies and Tier 4 represents the highest level of environmental management.

Other Tyson locations in Iowa earning the NAMI award included plants in Columbus Junction, Storm Lake, Waterloo and Council Bluffs.

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