The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recognized Cargill Meat Solutions' division in California, Mo., for an exemplary employee safety and health program.

During a June 12 ceremony at the plant, OSHA designated the division a "Star," or highest level, site in its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). Cargill Meat Solutions employs 298 employees who process turkeys.

"Cargill Meat Solutions has exhibited excellence in safety and health management," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City. "The company's outstanding efforts have included management commitment to safety and health, and employee involvement in safety and health programs."

OSHA's VPP recognizes and promotes effective workplace safety and health management. Companies in the VPP achieve average injury rates 50 percent lower than others in their respective industries. More than 1,700 work sites representing more than 270 industries nationwide participate in the program.