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CONAGRA AND OSHA REACH POULTRY PLANT SETTLEMENT

 CONAGRA AND OSHA REACH POULTRY PLANT SETTLEMENT
 OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- ConAgra Inc. (NYSE: CAG) and


the United States Department of Labor (USDL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have reached an agreement to settle a 1989 citation involving the ConAgra Turkey Company plant in Carthage, Mo. Under the agreement, ConAgra will pay $425,000 to USDL/OSHA.
 "Even though we do not believe we violated OSHA regulations at the Carthage plant, we have elected to settle to avoid the high costs of litigation," said George R. Haefner, president and chief operating officer, ConAgra Poultry Company.
 "The safety and well-being of our people is a top priority to us," said Haefner. "We've invested millions of dollars over the years, starting before 1989, to improve working conditions in our poultry plants, and we will continue to search for new ways to make production jobs easier and safer. Some time ago, we hired an ergonomist to study jobs in our plants, and we've implemented numerous changes as a result."
 The original citation related primarily to recordkeeping issues; a few of the citations related to jobs that require repetitive motion. The proposed penalties totaled about $1 million.
 The ConAgra/OSHA agreement reached today will apply for four years not only to ConAgra's Carthage plant, but also to 20 other ConAgra poultry plants. About 16,000 employees work at the 21 plants.
 As part of the agreement, ConAgra will continue to retain one or more ergonomists to study jobs at the plants for ergonomic stress, recommend ways of reducing or eliminating the cause of that stress, and help the company evaluate the effectiveness of changes made. Pilot programs will be created at the Carthage plant for ConAgra's turkey processing plants and at an El Dorado, Arkansas plant for ConAgra's broiler chicken processing operations. Various methodologies for reducing or eliminating ergonomic stress will be tested at the pilot plants; techniques that prove to be effective and feasible will then be shared with other plants.
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 /CONTACT: Lynn Phares of ConAgra, 402-595-4153/
 (CAG) CO: ConAgra Inc.; ConAgra Poultry Co.; United States Department of
 Labor; Occupational Safety and Health Administration; ConAgra
 Turkey Co. ST: Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri IN: FOD SU:


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