Smithfield Foods to abide by Premium Standard Farms agreements
Smithfield Foods, the US's largest hog producer, has agreed to honour
restrictions placed on swine producer Premium Standard Farms by the state of
Premium Standard Farms, which was purchased
by Smithfield last month, was ordered by a Missouri court in 1999
to install new technology to reduce odour and waste coming from pig farms in
five northern Missouri counties, which Smithfield has agreed to honour.
Smithfield has also promised to purchase a certain percentage of pigs from
Missouri farms, honour current contracts with Missouri supplies, and employ 75
full-time workers at its expanded Milan plant. Plus use the Department of
Homeland Security's Electronic Employer Verification System to ensure workers
are legal US residents.
In addition Smithfield is to give US$250,000 to the University of
Missouri-Columbia for veterinary medicine and agricultural economic
scholarships. The company is also to donate $100,000 for community groups in
towns where it operates plants.
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