Smithfield Foods Stops Slaughtering Pigs at U.S. Hometown Plant

July 16, 2021 Tom Polansek, Reuters

Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor, has stopped slaughtering pigs in the United States’ so-called ham capital, where the company was founded 85 years ago.

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. to Purchase Four Saskatchewan Pig Farms

June 30, 2021 Maple Leaf Foods,

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase four pig farms in central Saskatchewan from a group of companies known as Polar Pork. The acquisition will enhance Maple Leaf Foods’ overall pig supply and substantially increase its pig production capacity in the province.

FDA Approves First-of-its-Kind Intentional Genomic Alteration in Line of Domestic Pigs for Both Human Food

December 17, 2020 FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a first-of-its-kind intentional genomic alteration (IGA) in a line of domestic pigs, referred to as GalSafe pigs, which may be used for food or human therapeutics. This is the first IGA in an animal that the FDA has approved for both human food consumption and as a source for potential therapeutic uses.

Niman Ranch Awards First-Ever Sustainable Farmer of the Year Award Recognizing Conservation and Environmentally Conscious Practices

December 17, 2020 Niman Ranch

Niman Ranch, the natural meat pioneer known for its Certified Humane® products available in mission-driven restaurants and specialty grocers nationwide, recognized the Nuessmeier Family Farm of LeSueur, Minnesota as the first recipients of their Sustainable Hog Farmer of the Year Award.