Morrilton’s Stricklen receives SEC Women’s Player of the Year Award

Shekinna Stricklen
It’s been an exciting week for Petit Jean Meat’s employee, Allen Wayne Stricklen. On Tuesday, Stricklen received a call from his daughter Shekinna announcing that she had been named the 2011 SEC Women’s Player of the Year. Shekinna is a junior guard/forward for the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers. Before college, Shekinna played high school basketball for the Morrilton Devil Dogs and has received many honors in her basketball career.

"I'm one of the proudest Dad's alive right now” states Stricklen, “I've been telling her all this time that she could do this. Karen and I talked to her and the team last week and they were all so excited, it's been a great week."  
Allen Wayne has been employed by Petit Jean Meats for over 30 years.

Allen Wayne Stricklen with his daughter Shekinna; wife, Karen and son, Josh
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Petit Jean Meats Products Safe for Consumers, Not Impacted by Petit Jean Farm Recall

Two companies separately owned and share no affiliation

Morrilton, Ark. (February 25, 2011) – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that “Petit Jean Farm, a Morrilton, AR., firm, is recalling an undetermined amount of various meat and poultry products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection.”  This recall does not impact Petit Jean Meats products, which is owned and produced by Morrilton Packing Company.  Petit Jean Farm and Morrilton Packing Company are separately owned and share no affiliation.
 For clarification, the Petit Jean Meats product logo is attached and featured below. Any product bearing this emblem has passed all inspections and is safe for consumption.  Petit Jean Meats CEO David Ruff released the following statement on behalf of the company:
 “Petit Jean Meats has no affiliation with Petit Jean Farm, and our products are not a part of this recall.  All Petit Jean Meats are safe for all Arkansans and consumers to enjoy, whether it’s a peppered ham from the local grocery store or roasted turkey directly from our Morrilton Packing Company. We ensure that both our process and products pass all requirements and inspections to deliver the quality meats under the Petit Jean Meats brand.  If your product bears our emblem, which is included with this announcement and available on the homepage of our website –, then it is safe for you and your family to enjoy.”
 More information on the USDA’s announcement, including a list of products being recalled Petit Jean Farm, is provided in the release on the FSIS website – ( )

Any product with a label bearing the Petit Jean Meats brand logo is safe for consumption.

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