Smithfield: no chemicals or tainted feed found
Smithfield Foods said that Murphy-Brown, the company's
pig production subsidiary, has discovered no contaminated feed ingredients in
its swine feeding system.
Smithfield started the review at its subsidiary after melamine, the cause of
the massive pet food contamination in North America, was found in pig feed at a
Californian pig farm.
The review included testing
of all the feed present at its feed ingredient suppliers, feed supplied to
Murphy-Brown owned farms and contract growers who produce animals for
"Our vertical integration model provides us with a
mechanism to ensure feed quality, the ability to trace our sources of supplies
and offers a means of protection against things such as tainted feed
ingredients," said C. Larry Pope, president and chief executive officer of
"The model also enables us to
respond rapidly to our customers on such issues. We want to assure our customers
that our products are safe to eat," Pope said.
With sales of $11 billion, Smithfield is the leading processor and
marketer of fresh pork and processed meats in the United States, as well as the
largest producer of pigs.
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