HAWTHORNE, N.J., February 24, 2009. Hawthorne, N.J. based Premio Foods announced today that the company is the recipient of the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 3 certification, with a rating of E (Excellent), recognized under Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI) standards.Premio Foods is the only dinner sausage producer on the Eastern Seaboard to achieve this prestigious certification.The Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI) is universally recognized as requiring the most stringent food safety standards in order to achieve certification, with safety standards exceeding those of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and United States Department of Agriculture."Since Premio Foods was founded, our first commitment has always been to the safety and quality of our products," said Marc Cinque, C.E.O. of Premio Foods." On a day when a major food recall is one of the biggest news stories, it is more important than ever that those who produce and manufacture food products are held to the highest standards.""This certification is validation that at Premio Foods, we hold the highest standards known to the industry. We will continue to do everything possible to deliver families delicious meal options at affordable prices, while maintaining the most stringent safety standards," continued Cinque.Premio is one of nine companies to have received certification covering the processing of manufactured meat and poultry, a category covering over 40 different meat and poultry products.#####About Premio Foods:Premio Foods, a private, family owned business since 1943, is one of the largest processor of sausage in the United States. Premio is carried in leading supermarket chains located throughout the United States. In addition, Premio is recognized as a leading supporter of organizations working to eliminate hunger.