Smithfield Culinary Donates $ 25,000 to the Ferdinand Metz ACF Relief Fund to Support Foodservice Industry Professionals Impacted by COVID-19

May 18, 2020 Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Culinary, the foodservice unit of Smithfield Foods, the nation’s leading pork processor, has donated $ 25,000 to the Ferdinand Metz American Culinary Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to chefs, culinarians, and foodservice workers across America who are experiencing hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Judge Dismisses Missouri Lawsuit Over Meat Worker Safety

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of employees at a rural Missouri meatpacking facility, ruling that oversight of how the plant adheres to guidance aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus falls to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, not the courts.

Smithfield Foods to Temporarily Close Monmouth, IL Plant

April 28, 2020 Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced
April 24 that it will proactively suspend operations at its Monmouth, IL facility beginning next week and until further notice after a small portion of its 1,700 employees tested positive for COVID-19. The Monmouth plant represents approximately three percent of U.S. fresh pork supplies and also produces bacon. Employees will be paid during the closure.

World’s Top Pork Company Closes More Plants in Domino Effect

April 17, 2020 James Attwood, Bloomberg

Top pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc. is shutting down two more U.S. plants in a decision that underscores the vulnerability of interconnected food supply chains amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Meatpacking Closures ‘Disastrous’ For Supply Chain

April 14, 2020 RYAN MCCRIMMON, Politico

Smithfield Foods on Sunday announced that its pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., one of the largest in the country, is “closed until further notice.” Besides the impact on consumers, Smithfield Foods’ CEO Kenneth Sullivan also warned of “severe, perhaps disastrous repercussions” up and down the supply chain — especially for livestock producers.