Smithfield to honor agreements in Missouri

1 decade 2 years 11 months ago Thursday, June 14 2007 Jun 14, 2007 Thursday, June 14, 2007 12:25:34 AM CDT June 14, 2007 in News
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KANSAS CITY (AP) - Missouri officials said that Smithfield Foods has agreed to follow restrictions placed on hog producer Premium Standard Farms, which Smithfield acquired last month. The conditions were part of a 1999 court order. They include installing technology to reduce odor and waste from hog farms in five northern Missouri counties. Smithfield must also promise to buy a certain percentage of hogs from Missouri farmers, and honor existing contracts with Missouri suppliers. Smithfield also has agreed to hire 75 new full-time workers for its expanded Milan plant and will use the Department of Homeland Security's new system to make sure workers are legally in the country. Smithfield, based in Smithfield, Virginia, acquired Kansas City-based Premium Standard Farms last month for $674 million.

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