Congress Confirms: Smithfield Lied. We Won’t Let Them Get Away With It.

A Congressional investigation published last month confirmed Smithfield lied to the public about pandemic meat shortages and played a central role in weakening federal protections for meatpacking workers.

 

by Emily Miller, Food & Water Watch (FWW)

June 13, 2022

 

Last month, Congress’s explosive report revealed how the country’s largest meatpackers lied to the public and endangered their workers. The companies, including pork giant Smithfield Foods, falsely claimed meat shortages. Then they aggressively lobbied the federal government to keep plants running with “glaringly deficient” safety protocols, despite the terrible risk to workers’ lives.

 

The report’s findings are truly disturbing. But sadly, they are not surprising. In fact, we’ve known that Smithfield was lying from the start, which is why we sued the company last year. Unbelievably, just two days after Congress released its findings, Smithfield demanded that the court dismiss our case. They argued our detailed allegations have no merit — a bold position in the wake of the Congressional report. The investigation documents in painstaking detail just how egregious Smithfield’s lies were. See for yourself — here are just a few excerpts exposing Smithfield’s central role in drumming up panic and endangering workers: 

 

Lie #1: That we were “Perilously Close to the Edge in Terms of our Nation’s Meat Supply” ...

 

Lie #2: That Smithfield has “done everything possible to protect employee health and safety” ...

 

Lie #3: That Smithfield wasn’t “unwilling to implement worker protections for the sake of profits” ...

 

What’s Our Next Step? ...

 

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