SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- The Food Safety and Laboratory Services Network of Tyson Foods Inc. has been honored for its work in food quality and safety, company officials reported today.

The network, which includes 18 Tyson laboratories across the country, has received the "Quality Award" presented annually by Food Quality magazine and DuPont Qualicon. The honor "celebrates the ongoing efforts of today's quality assurance/quality control teams in protecting consumer health, consumer satisfaction and safeguarding the North American food supply."

"This award shows just how seriously we take customer satisfaction and food safety," said Neal Apple, vice president of Lab Services for Tyson Foods. "It's also a credit to the dedication of the 235 team members who are part of our lab network, which conducts research as well as millions of food safety tests each year."

The Food Safety and Laboratory Services Network provides technical support to a wide range of areas within Tyson Foods, including live chicken production, sales and marketing, research and development, meat and poultry processing facilities and quality assurance. The flagship of the network is a 25,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art food testing and research laboratory located at the Tyson World Headquarters in Springdale.

"We're continually examining new ways of testing the safety of our chicken, beef and pork products, as well as the application of food safety intervention tools and safe cooking practices," Apple said. "We're also involved in conducting nutritional analysis for product labeling and work with our research and development group in the creation of safe, new products."

Tyson Foods Inc., founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Ark., is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork. The company has approximately 114,000 team members employed at more than 300 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world.

SOURCE: Tyson Foods Inc. via PR Newswire.