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EPA Honors Tyson Foods for Environmental Excellence; Noel, Missouri, Complex Receives Award


Noel, Missouri -- May 8, 2006 -- The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has honored a Tyson Foods plant for environmental excellence, company officials reported today.

Tyson’s Noel, Missouri, poultry complex recently received an Honorable Mention Award as part of a U.S. EPA Region 7 program called Pollution Prevention for Environmental Excellence. The plant was recently honored at an EPA ceremony in Kansas City.

Tyson’s Noel plant earned the award for its water conservation and waste recovery efforts. The plant has reduced its water usage by approximately 17% in each of the past four years through conservation measures and a water recycling process. In fact, the plant’s use of water from the Ozark Aquifer was reduced by more than 180 million gallons in 2005. In addition, these conservation measures are also generating a cost savings for the company. The Noel facility has also reduced the volume of material going into its wastewater treatment system by installing new equipment designed to recover usable animal fat.

Because of the success of these initiatives, EPA acknowledged Tyson Foods as “a solid example of leadership in the field of environmental excellence.”

“We’re proud of the environmental efforts of our team at Noel and are pleased their work has been recognized by the EPA,” said Kevin Igli, senior vice president of Environmental, Health and Safety for Tyson Foods. “This achievement is consistent with our own environmental excellence goals, which emphasize pollution prevention, conservation, recycling and operational efficiency.”

Tyson Foods employs more 300 environmental managers and support staff across the country. At the company’s Noel complex, this includes two environmental managers, as well as a dozen environmental support workers. The Noel complex employs more than 1,100 people.

According to Tyson’s environmental policy, environmental stewardship is a vital Core Value of the company’s business philosophy “because we believe protecting natural resources is essential to achieving clean air, water, and land for our world.”

Tyson Foods, Inc. [NYSE: TSN], founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork, the second-largest food company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products, which are marketed under the “Powered by Tyson™” strategy. Tyson is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves, providing products and service to customers throughout the United States and more than 80 countries. The company has approximately 114,000 Team Members employed at more than 300 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.


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