December 04, 2009 14:00 ET

Yeast Culture Manufacturer Vi-COR® Is Safe Feed/Safe Food Certified

MASON CITY, IA--(Marketwire - December 4, 2009) - Vi-COR® , a manufacturer of yeast culture products for swine, poultry and dairy feed, has been certified by the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program administered by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA). Becoming Safe Feed/Safe Food certified means Vi-COR's manufacturing plant demonstrates and ensures continuous improvements in delivering safe, wholesome livestock feed for the growth and care of animals. This is a one-of-a-kind, voluntary program that has resulted in the certification of about 330 feed-related facilities. Certified facilities go above and beyond federal requirements to ensure the highest standards in manufacturing and processing are followed each and every day.

As a successful participant in AFIA's program, Vi-COR is entitled to use a special SF/SF logo on products and equipment such as trucks.

Joel G. Newman, AFIA president and chief executive officer, said, "Vi-COR should be commended for showing leadership in this important program. The employees have gone the extra mile to demonstrate a strong commitment to food safety and offer reasons to their customers and consumers for increased confidence in the products they provide."

AFIA's Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program signifies that qualifying companies have embraced the feed industry's role in creating feed-based safety programs, they are doing their part to reduce food safety risks, they are participating in an approved risk-management program, and they are aggressively practicing risk reduction.

Vi-COR (Varied Industries Corporation), established in 1963 in Mason City, Iowa, is a manufacturer of yeast culture products for dairy, beef, poultry and swine feeds. The company offers its customers a free program to educate dairy employees on cow physiology, cow comfort and proper procedures for milking cows. For more information on Vi-COR, visit