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Smithfield, Tyson Encouraging Transition Away From Gestation Crates

Major pork producers Smithfield Foods and Tyson Foods have both announced plans this week to develop animal welfare improvements within their facilities, including moving away from the practice of using sow gestation crates, small metal enclosures that hold pregnant female pigs for most of their adult lives. Gestation crates have come under heavy criticism as… Continue Reading

Smithfield Shareholders Approve Sale to China’s Shuanghui

Shareholders of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, approved on Tuesday the company’s sale to Shuanghui International Holdings, Ltd., a Chinese food giant. The sale landed approval at $4.72 billion, making it the largest-ever Chinese purchase of a U.S. company. The deal will likely close on Thursday. In July, Smithfield CEO Larry Pope told… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Our Stake in China’s Food Safety

Opinion

I think we need to have an adult conversation about the People’s Republic of China and food safety. In the 41 years since Dick Nixon and Henry Kissinger went to Beijing for tea with Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, the U.S.-China relationship has been largely based on economic interests. And, while I am fairly certain… Continue Reading

Government Extends Review of Smithfield-Shuangui Deal

The U.S. government will extend its review of the proposed sale of Smithfield Foods to Shuanghui International, which would be the largest Chinese takeover of a U.S. company, Smithfield said on Wednesday. The Virginia-based company said the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the interagency group charged with reviewing the national security… Continue Reading

Smithfield CEO Tells Lawmakers Shuanghui Deal Won’t Impact Food Safety

American consumers will not be impacted and the safety of pork products will not diminish if Smithfield Foods is acquired by Shuanghui International, Smithfield’s CEO Larry Pope told the Senate Agriculture Committee at a hearing Wednesday. The assurances come as the proposed $4.7 billion sale, which would be the largest ever Chinese acquisition of an… Continue Reading

Lawmakers Looking Into Shuanghui Acquisition of Smithfield

The Senate Committee Agriculture Committee plans to hold a hearing next month to look into the proposed sale of Smithfield Foods to Shuanghui International, committee chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced on Thursday. The hearing, scheduled for July 10, will focus on the pending purchase of Smithfield — the world’s largest pork producer and processor —… Continue Reading

Senators Ask Government to Consider Food Safety When Reviewing Smithfield Deal

Fifteen U.S. senators from both sides of the aisle are urging the government to consider food safety as they review the proposed sale of Smithfield Foods, America’s largest pork company, to Shuanghui International, China’s largest meat processor. The $4.7 billion deal, which would be the largest Chinese takeover of an American company, will be reviewed… Continue Reading

Sen. Stabenow Concerned About Food Safety Implications of Smithfield Sale

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee said on Wednesday she is concerned about the food safety implications of the proposed acquisition of Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer and processor, by Shuanghui International, the largest meat company in China. “American consumers have long been able to trust the… Continue Reading