Earlier this week, following a video released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Hormel Foods' officials released a statement that outlined the company's position related to animal handling issues. Hormel officials pointed out that the company has ended contracts with producers in  the past over animal welfare issues. Hormel is currently working with the supplier that recently purchased the Iowa farm where workers were videotaped abusing hogs to ensure the abuse has stopped.

"We are working with our supplier to ensure this activity is no longer taking place, and the owners are investigating this matter and will take appropriate disciplinary actions, including terminating employees," Julie Craven, Hormel vice president of corporate communications said in a statement. "We have in the past terminated employees, truckers and contracts with producers when animal welfare issues have arisen."

She continued: "We find the images in the video appalling and they are inconsistent with our standards and industry standards for animal handling. Even though the abuse on the video occurred several weeks before our supplier purchased the farm, it depicted practices that are completely unacceptable."

Hormel has no ownership stake in the operation — owned by Natural Pork Production II LLP until Aug. 18, and then transferred to MowMar LLP — where PETA taped employees abusing hogs.

Source: Hormel, Meatingplace.com