News Release

For Immediate Release

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association

Tucker, Ga. - August 21, 2023

Tom Super, 202.443.4130,, (NCC)
Katie Krause , 202.898.0100,, (NTF)
Kris Early, 678.514.1979,, (USPOULTRY)

Applications Being Accepted for the Poultry Industry Innovation in Safety & Health Award

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council is currently accepting applications for the Council’s Frank Cruice Innovation in Safety & Health Award. The program is open to National Chicken Council (NCC), National Turkey Federation (NTF) and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) members and is intended for poultry and egg industry members that have made a significant advancement in operational excellence in a safety and/or health innovation.

Award applications can be entered in the industry categories of Poultry Processing (NAICS 311615), Poultry & Egg Production (NAICS 1123), Animal Feed Manufacturing (NAICS 311119), Animal Support Services (NAICS 115210) and Rendering (NAICS 311613). An award will be issued for both a process-based innovation and an equipment-based innovation. A panel of judges will determine the award winner and honorable mention recipients for each category.

The innovation application criteria include the following:

  • Must be an innovative or novel solution proven to reduce occupational injuries/illnesses or improve safety awareness on or off the job. 
  • Must have demonstrated results over at least a six-month period AND must be able to be leveraged across the industry. 
  • Preference will be given to innovations developed through safety committees or other grassroots efforts.
  • Implementing an “Off the Shelf” program purchased or acquired from a third party will not be considered.

“The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council is excited to offer an award program that recognizes poultry and egg companies’ innovations in worker safety advancements,” said Adrienne Allison, senior director technical safety, regulatory & compliance for Tyson Foods, and chair of the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council.

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council are made up of members from NCC, NTF and USPOULTRY. Collectively, the three organizations represent 95 percent of the nation’s poultry products, and their members generate more than 1.3 million total U.S. jobs.

Award program rules, regulations and application forms are available by clicking here. The application deadline is Sept. 22. The award winners and honorable mention recipients will be announced during a ceremony at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) on Jan. 30, 2024, in Atlanta, Ga.


U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is the All Feather Association progressively serving its poultry and egg members through research, education, communications and technical services. Founded in 1947, USPOULTRY is based in Tucker, Georgia.

About the National Chicken Council
The National Chicken Council (NCC) represents integrated chicken producer-processors, the companies that produce and process chickens. Member companies of NCC account for more than 95 percent of the chicken sold in the United States.

About the National Turkey Federation
The National Turkey Federation (NTF) is the national advocate for America’s turkey farmers and producers, raising awareness for its members’ products while strengthening their ability to profitably and safely deliver wholesome, high-quality and nutritious food to consumers worldwide.

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