Smithfield Foods Inc. has become the first in its industry to achieve ISO 14001 certification for all its U.S. hog production and processing facilities.

"For years Smithfield has been recognized as the leader in the meat industry, and now we're also being recognized as the industry leader in environmental stewardship," said C. Larry Pope, president and chief operating officer of Smithfield Foods. Smithfield has achieved its aggressive goal of ISO 14001 certification for all Environmental Management Systems (EMSs) in its U.S-based hog production and processing facilities.

"ISO certification acknowledges that Smithfield is meeting a stringent set of internationally respected environmental management standards," said Pope.

ISO 14001 is the international gold standard for environmental management. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), based in Geneva, Switzerland, promotes the development and implementation of voluntary international standards for environmental management systems. If a facility receives ISO certification, it means that facility has implemented state-of-the-art environmental management systems that include formalized practices to protect the environment.

In 2001 Smithfield began voluntarily implementing a comprehensive Environmental Management System on all of its Murphy-Brown hog farms. Subsequently Murphy-Brown, Smithfield's livestock production subsidiary, was the world's first livestock production company to receive ISO certification of its EMS.

Smithfield has now received ISO environmental certification of its EMS at all of its U.S. hog production and processing facilities, except new acquisitions. An EMS is a management tool that provides an organized approach to identifying and managing those parts of its operations that could affect the environment, including manure handling, waste treatment systems, water conservation, sanitation and good housekeeping practices.

Source: Company Release