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Del Monte Food's Mendota Farm Operations Receives OSHA Safety and Health Designation Award

Del Monte Food's Mendota Farm Operations Receives OSHA Safety and Health Designation Award
Del Monte Foods' Mendota Farm Operations Group has been awarded with OSHA Safety and Health Designation. The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognized Del Monte Foods' Mendota, IL Farm Operations group for its world class safety operations and culture. Del Monte's Farm Operations group was awarded a Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Award Program (SHARP) designation sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The SHARP award recognizes those employers who operate an ideal safety and health management system. As a result of the SHARP designation, Del Monte's Farm Operations group will now get a two-year work site certification that demonstrates OSHA's confidence in the group's safety operations.

In year 2009, the Farm Operations management team, which includes both seasonal and full-time employees, demonstrated safety excellence by expanding its safety program to further increase all safety segments required by OSHA regulations, including: Hazard Anticipation and Detection,Planning and Evaluation,Management Leadership and Employee Participation, Hazard Prevention and Control, Safety and Health Training, Administration and Supervision. The team also further set goals of zero recordable incidents and zero lost time days, achieving both from September 19, 2006. After thorough audit by an OSHA consultation project manager, the Mendota Farm Operations group on February 1, 2010 received SHARP designation.

As a celebration for this achievement, a recognition ceremony was held at the Mendota Civic Center, during when OSHA representatives presented Del Monte's Mendota Farm Operations leadership with the distinguished SHARP award.

In 1948 Del Monte's Mendota vegetable processing plant was built. The Plant's Farm Operation is responsible for planting, contracting, harvesting and delivering peas, lima beans and sweet corn to the Mendota plant. The Farm Operation's workforce comprises of 5 salaried and 11 regular hourly employees with a peak seasonal headcount of approximately 55 people. The group harvests vegetable crops from 177 separate growers within a 40 mile radius of Mendota, IL, and also from an early sourcing irrigated area in west central Illinois near Manito, IL.