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North America’s Finest Receive 2007 Gold Medal IPM Partner Awards

U.S. and Canadian Winners Obtain Recognition for Integrated Pest Management Excellence

ATLANTA, September 28, 2007 – Eight companies showing extraordinary commitment to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) partnerships were named 2007 Gold Medal IPM Partner Award winners by Orkin, Inc., The IPM Institute of North America and NSF Cook & Thurber.

A pest management approach that stresses multiple methods of control, IPM emphasizes minimizing pesticide use. The Gold Medal IPM Partner Awards specifically honor companies that have shown the greatest dedication to making IPM work at their sites through vigilant sanitation, prompt adherence to structural pest management recommendations, diligent record-keeping and staff participation in IPM training sessions.

An awards jury of IPM experts selected the winning facilities from an elite group of 64 nominees throughout the United States and Canada. All of the nominees employ Orkin’s Gold Medal Protection, a comprehensive IPM service that emphasizes quality assurance and documentation.

“Forming a partnership is the first step to implementing an IPM program,” said Orkin Director of Quality Systems Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D. “This year’s award winners are proof that the results of partnership – more effective IPM programs and better audit scores – are well worth it.”

The 2007 Gold Medal IPM Partner Award winners are:

UNITED STATES:
Barry Callebaut (Saint Albans, Vt.) – The world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa, chocolate and confectionery products.
Case Farms, Inc. (Winesburg, Ohio) – A leading poultry processing plant.
Farbest Brands (Plain City, Ohio) – Custom manufacturer of liquid and dry products and distributor of specialty food ingredients.
Morton Salt Company (South Hutchinson, Kan.) – America’s leading producer of salt for grocery, water softening, ice control, agricultural and industrial uses.

CANADA:
Jones Packaging Inc. (London, Ontario) – A world-class provider of premier packaging solutions and innovations for more than 115 years.
Maidstone Bakeries (Brantford, Ontario) – A world-class, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for bakery goods.
Neilson Dairy (Ottawa, Ontario) – A world-class manufacturer of fresh milk and aseptic beverages.
Parmalat Dairy & Bakery Inc. (Laverlochere, Quebec) – A producer of butter and milk powders.

Now in its fourth year in the United States and third year in Canada, the Gold Medal IPM Partner Awards began as an effort by Orkin and The IPM Institute of North America to encourage the use of IPM and other environmentally friendly practices.

“By considering non-chemical methods of control first, IPM helps promote healthy environments,” said Dr. Thomas Green, President of The IPM Institute of North America. “We’re excited to see so many facilities using IPM to such great success.”

This year, NSF Cook & Thurber joined the awards as a co-presenter, bringing to the program its food-safety auditing expertise.

“Protection of the food supply is critical,” said Jim Bail, Assistant Director Food Processor Programs, NSF Cook & Thurber. “These facilities have gone a step above to create IPM partnerships that help ensure their products are produced in a safe, quality manner.”

About the Awards Jury
•Jim Bail, Assistant Director Food Processor Programs, NSF Cook & Thurber
•Austin Frishman, Ph.D., B.C.E., Founder and President of AMF Pest Management Services, Inc.
•Thomas A. Green, Ph.D., President of The IPM Institute of North America, Inc.
•Frank Meek, B.C.E., Technical Director, Orkin, Inc.
•Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., B.C.E., Director of Quality Systems, Orkin, Inc.

About The IPM Institute of North America
The IPM Institute of North America, Inc. is an independent non-profit organization formed in 1998 to foster recognition and rewards in the marketplace for goods and service providers who practice IPM. The Institute’s mission is to accelerate adoption of IPM in agriculture and communities through consumer education and development of IPM standards for self-evaluation and IPM certification. The Institute is funded by grants from government, private foundations and industry, memberships and fees for services and programs. Learn more at www.ipminstitute.org.

About NSF Cook & Thurber
NSF Cook & Thurber is a division of NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, that helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd., organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.