We are happy to report this week a victory on the food safety and labeling front.
On December 15, a court rejected Smithfield Foods’ motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of OCA against the pork producer in May 2020.
“We are pleased that the court agrees that Smithfield, a producer of industrial factory farm pork, should be held accountable for claims the company makes about the safety of its products and production practices,” said OCA International Director Ronnie Cummins.
The lawsuit, filed by Richman Law Group in D.C. Superior Court, accuses Smithfield of falsely advertising its pork products as being the “safest” of U.S. pork products.
But what consumers may not know is the USDA warned Smithfield slaughter plants on multiple occasions that their pork was more likely to be contaminated with salmonella than similar products in slaughter plants of the same size.
The suit also alleges that many disease strains detected in Smithfield products have been found to be resistant to antibiotics that are designated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration as “highly important” or even “critically important” for human health.
For a comprehensive overview on what’s wrong with industrial pork production, read ‘The FoodPrint of Pork’