Monsanto Canada Inc.

Monsanto Canada Inc.

June 24, 2008 13:44 ET

Monsanto's London, Ontario Corn Research Station to be Awarded "Star" Certification for Health and Safety Record

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 24, 2008) - Monsanto Canada's corn research station based in London, Ontario will receive the Monsanto Health and Safety Star Award at a special awards ceremony set for later this week in London, Ontario.

The London corn research station site joins Monsanto's Chatham, Ontario manufacturing site and the company's head office in Winnipeg, Manitoba as the few facilities in Canada to achieve such recognition.

The award recognizes employees at Monsanto's corn research station for exceeding the normal safety standards outlined by Monsanto, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) and the Canadian Government's Worker's Safety Insurance Board (WSIB). Star certification is the highest safety classification awarded under the program.

"The Monsanto Star certification earned by the London corn research station would not have been possible without a significant commitment to safety from everyone at this facility," said Lisa Safarian, vice-president and general manager of Monsanto Canada. "Safety is a core value at Monsanto and our people demonstrate that commitment every day."

To earn Star certification, a site must undergo a rigorous internal corporate audit followed by an independent external WSIB audit showing that its safety programs and practices reach high levels of excellence. This entails having comprehensive safety and health management systems in place and an accident rate below the rest of the industry.

After two years of preparation, Monsanto's London facility completed its final inspection on June 28, 2007 and no issues were identified as needing additional review. Emer O'Broin, Monsanto's environmental, safety and health lead based in St. Louis, and other company officials and special guests will present the certification to employees and at a special ceremony to be held at the London facility on Thursday, June 26th beginning at 11:00 am EST.

"Everyone on staff put in a lot of time and effort into getting prepared to pass the audit and achieve our certification," said Michael Millard, research assistant at the London station and the site's safety lead. "Going through the process together and all working towards a common goal was a very positive and rewarding experience."

The London corn research station has been in operation since the 1970s. Monsanto has nine full-time employees working at the station, focusing on corn breeding.

Around the world, Monsanto is committed to establishing and maintaining work site safety for its employees, including seasonal staff. In 2007, Monsanto recorded its best injury and illness performance in its history with a total recordable rate (TRR) of 0.77. The TRR is a standard safety measurement used by the OSHA and adopted by other global Monsanto sites.

Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Monsanto Canada Inc. is part of the larger global Monsanto family. Monsanto is an agricultural company and a recognized world leader in providing technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. For more information, visit www.monsanto.ca.

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