Smithfield Foods reports that it has found no clinical signs or symptoms of the presence of swine influenza in the company’s swine herd or its employees at its joint ventures in Mexico.
The operations are cooperating with Mexican health officials to aid the investigation into the outbreak of the disease and will submit samples from its swine herds to The University of Mexico for testing.
Based on available recent information, Smithfield has no reason to believe that the virus is in any way connected to its operations in Mexico. The company also noted that its Mexico facilities routinely administer swine influenza vaccination to their herds and conduct monthly tests for the presence of the disease.
With sales of $12 billion, Smithfield Foods is the leading processor and marketer of fresh pork and packaged meats in the United States, as well as the largest producer of hogs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.
Source: Smithfield Foods