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 Murphy-Brown.
“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 Smithfield Foods.
“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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