A Smithfield Foods employee has been suspended and 50,000 pounds of meat have been tossed in the garbage after surveillance video appeared to show the worker urinating on the production line at the Smithfield, Va., packaging plant. The employee can be seen removing his gloves, apparently peeing while leaning up against the counter, then putting the gloves back on and going back to work, WAVY reports.
The incident happened over the weekend, and on Tuesday Smithfield released a statement saying an internal investigation "revealed an employee had urinated at his station" but assuring customers that "the facility immediately halted production, fully cleaned the processing line, and sanitized all equipment multiple times before resuming operations." The employee's fate will be decided after a company investigation is complete, the Virginian-Pilot reports. (Smithfield has been involved in other gross headlines.)