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The Chinese Takeover of Smithfield Stinks—Literally

More pigs will produce more poop, basically

(Newser) - If regulators approve the sale of Smithfield Foods to a Chinese company, the US will soon be producing more pigs to feed China's growing appetite for all things porcine. And more pigs will produce more poop. Smithfield—America's (and the world's) largest producer of pork—already produced... More »

Innocent BBQ Joint Hit by Deen Fallout

Smithfield’s Chicken 'N Bar-B-Q gets 'intense' messages

(Newser) - Leave Smithfield’s Chicken 'N Bar-B-Q alone. It isn't the same Smithfield that dropped Paula Deen in the wake of her racism scandal . One is a small restaurant chain from Smithfield, NC. The other is a huge pork producer from Smithfield, Va. But that distinction hasn't stopped... More »

Yet Another Company Drops Paula Deen

Plus: The apology tour begins?

(Newser) - Yet another company has dropped Paula Deen in the wake of the Food Network giving her the boot and QVC apparently thinking about doing the same. Smithfield, a major pork company (that was recently purchased by a Chinese company ), says it will no longer partner with Deen for her... More »

How Ham Can Prevent War With China

Noah Feldman on the need to tread lightly in the coming 'cool war'

(Newser) - China and the US are not-so-secretly on the verge of, if not a new cold war precisely, at least a cool one. When someone steals your top weapons secrets , then says they want a "new type" of relationship, you "start thinking he was planning to drink your milkshake,... More »

Chinese Firm Gobbles Up Top US Pork Company

These days, China demands meat

(Newser) - In the biggest acquisitions ever of a US company by a Chinese one, Shuanghui International Holdings has agreed to buy Smithfield Foods Inc, the world's largest producer of pork. It's a fascinating purchase, and not just because of its huge size and the involvement of bacon. The deal... More »

McRib Pigs' Conditions Appalling: Humane Society

Supplier misleading about animals' condition, group says

(Newser) - Your much-hyped McRib sandwich may have a dark past. The Humane Society has filed a complaint with the feds that McDonald’s pork supplier, Smithfield Foods, has misled consumers regarding how it treats its animals. Smithfield, which has won a “supplier sustainability” award from the restaurant chain, calls its... More »

Rumors as Virulent as Swine Flu Itself

Theories implicate everyone from Smithfield Foods to al-Qaeda as responsible

(Newser) - Rumors about the origins of the swine flu outbreak are spreading faster than the virus itself, with theories ranging from a group of slaughtered pigs in China to an al-Qaeda conspiracy, Reuters reports. China’s government was actually prompted into making a formal statement by international media reports suggesting that... More »

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