Many disgruntled people in North Carolina have filed complaints against Smithfield Foods for creating an unhealthy environment as a result of its waste disposal process.

Nearly 600 complaints were filed against Smithfield Foods last week. Complainants claim Smithfield Foods is impeding the quality of life of those residing in nearby homes by polluting creeks with processing waste.

“They can pump their feces in the ground and spray it in the air. They don't keep that odor and the toxic gases there. They let them float onto my land and other people's land," said Don Webb, a complainant and former hog farmer.

A spokeswoman for Smithfield Foods says the company is investigating the claims. Read more here.

Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, has been in the spotlight recently for its $4.7 billion buyout by Chinese company, Shuanghui International, and its termination of its spokeswoman, Paula Deen.