US presidential candidate John Edwards criticised
Smithfield this week for denying its workers clean water, having them work in
unsafe conditions and obstructing their efforts to form a union in the Tar Heel
plant in North Carolina.
Edwards , a Democratic candidate and former North
Carolina senator, met with Smithfield Packing workers prior to giving the press
He discussed alleged worker abuses
at the plant, the largest in the world, in a closed meeting Thursday morning.
Smithfield spokesman Dennis Pittman said that the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cleared the company of recent
â€¢ Occupational Safety and Health
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