No tainted feed at Smithfield subsidiary

26-04-2007 | |
No tainted feed at Smithfield subsidiary

Smithfield Foods said that Murphy-Brown LLC, 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. The model also enables us to respond rapidly to our customers on
such issues,” said C. Larry Pope, president and chief executive officer of
Smithfield Foods. “We want to assure our customers that our products are safe to
eat,” he 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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