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IDFA Recognizes Dairy Companies for Outstanding Achievements in Worker Safety

Jun 27, 2019

Companies capture 54 awards in 16th year of Industry Safety awards by IDFA

CONTACT:
Matt Herrick, IDFA
(202) 220-3537
mherrick@idfa.org

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2019–The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today recognizes 45 dairy companies for their outstanding achievements in worker safety in 2019 with the IDFA Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Award. This is the sixteenth year that IDFA has sponsored this program, highlighting the outstanding workplace safety achievements of U.S. dairy companies.

“These awards continue to demonstrate that safety is the dairy industry’s number one priority,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “Each awardee is a shining example of how to implement innovative and proactive approaches to workplace safety. Year after year, dairy companies go above and beyond to provide a safe and productive work environment. Consumers and customers of dairy foods companies value how these innovations help to deliver safe, wholesome and nutritious food to people around the world.”

Each company applied by detailing their occupational injury and illness performance rates as well as a providing a narrative essay on safety efforts at the facility. Evaluations and awards were based on a review of injury statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and judged by Peter Van Derlyke, PhD, director of environmental health and safety manager for HP Hood LLC; Daniel R. Flynn, a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP; Kathie Canning, editor-in-chief of Dairy Foods magazine; Taylor Boone, IDFA coordinator of regulatory affairs; and Danielle Quist, IDFA senior director for regulatory affairs and counsel.

“These awards go beyond recognizing just a number,” said Van Derlyke. “They represent organizations' understanding the importance of implementing a strong safety culture—a culture that doesn't focus solely on injury rates but instead focuses on educating, engaging and promoting all employees to actively participate in making their facility the safest they can for themselves and their coworkers.”

“The dairy industry’s continued success relies on constant advancement and innovation in workplace safety,” said Boone. 

Criteria for Success
The award program includes categories for both processing facilities and trucking operations in the dairy industry. IDFA will make a total of 54 awards; in addition to 41 outstanding facility safety award winners, IDFA recognized 7 companies as Most Improved Facility based on significant decreases in recordable-injury cases and the rate of days away from work, restrictions and transfers (DART) for each of the last two years when compared to all other facilities that applied.

IDFA also recognized 4 trucking operations for their outstanding safety records and programs.

The 2019 winners will be featured in an upcoming issue of Dairy Foods magazine. IDFA will issue a call for nominations for the next Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards competition in early 2020.

2019 Facility Outstanding Record in Worker’s Safety Award Winners 
Broughton Foods • Marietta, OH
Danone North America • Fort Worth, TX
Dean Foods – Land of Lakes • Sioux Falls, SD
Foremost Farms USA • Greenville, MI
Foremost Farms USA • Milan, WI
Foremost Farms USA • Reedsburg, WI
Foremost Farms USA • Richland Center, WI
Foremost Farms USA • Preston, MN
Foremost Farms USA • Sparta, WI
Gandy’s Dairies • Big Spring, TX
Gandy’s Dairies • Brady, TX
Gandy’s Dairies • Fort Stockton, TX
Gandy’s Dairies • Odessa, TX
Gandy’s Dairies • San Angelo, TX
Hiland Dairy • Little Rock, AR
Layton Dairy • Layton, UT (Fluid Milk)
Layton Dairy • Layton, UT (Ice Cream)
McArthur Dairy • Miami, FL
Meadow Gold Dairy • Boise, ID
Michigan Dairy • Livonia, MI
Midwest Ice Cream • Belvidere, IL
Oak Farms • Atoka, OK
Oak Farms • Lufkin, TX
Oak Farms • Springfield, MO
Oak Farms • Texarkana, TX
Oak Farms • Uvalde, TX
Oak Farms • Wichita Falls, TX
Oak Farms • Wichita, KS
Pace Dairy Foods Company • Rochester, MN
Prairie Farms Dairy • O’Fallon, IL
Prairie Farms Dairy • Springfield, IL
Price’s Creameries • El Paso, TX
Price’s Creameries • Roswell, NM
Publix – Deerfield Dairy Plant • Deerfield Beach, FL
Purity Dairies • Nashville, TN
Riverside Creamery • Riverside, CA
Southern Foods Group, LLC • Hammond, LA
Southwest Ice Cream • McKinney, TX
Swan Island Dairy • Portland, OR
Tolleson Dairy • Tolleson, AZ
Westover Dairy • Lynchburg, VA

2019 Most Improved Facilities
Foremost Farms USA • Milan, WI
Foremost Farms USA • Sparta, WI
Hiland Dairy • Little Rock, AR
HP Hood LLC • Concord, NH
McArthur Dairy • Miami, FL
Pace Dairy Foods Company • Rochester, MN
Publix – Deerfield Dairy Plant • Deerfield Beach, FL

2019 Transportation Outstanding Record in Worker’s Safety Award Winners
31 Logistics • Haines City, FL
Cabot Creamery Coop, Inc. • Montpelier, VT (Less than Truckload)
Cabot Creamery Coop, Inc. • Montpelier, VT (Local Trucking)
Cabot Creamery Coop, Inc. • Montpelier, VT (Long Distance Trucking)
Darigold Fleet Operations • Portland, OR
McArthur Dairy • West Palm Beach, FL

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The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation’s dairy manufacturing and marketing industry, which supports more than 3 million jobs that generate $159 billion in wages and $620 billion in overall economic impact. IDFA’s diverse membership ranges from multinational organizations to single-plant companies, from dairy companies and cooperatives to food retailers and suppliers, all on the cutting edge of innovation and sustainable business practices. Together, they represent 90 percent of the milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt and cultured products, and dairy ingredients produced and marketed in the United States and sold throughout the world. Delicious, safe and nutritious, dairy foods offer unparalleled health and consumer benefits to people of all ages.
 
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