Premium Standard Farms received word from the Attorney General’s office late last week saying it wouldn’t enforce terms of a court settlement dealing with pollution and odor issues until Sept. 1, according to Meatingplace.com.
The extension gives the Smithfield Foods-owned company an extra month to negotiate matters related to reducing pollution and odors from its Northwest Missouri farms.
PSF said in a news release it is ready to continue to negotiate but the Attorney General’s most recent filing in Jackson County Circuit Court, full of what the company called “misstatements and mischaracterizations,” could jeopardize those discussions. Short of successful negotiations, PSF would seek a full hearing on such issues.
The company said it already has paid some $40 million implement environmental technologies.