Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg Smithfield Foods sign outside of the company’s Smithfield headquarters, on June 29, 2016.

Smithfield Foods Employee Urinates On Factory Line, 50,000 Pigs Discarded

by | October 18, 2018

An investigation in underway at Smithfield Foods after a video emerged showing an employee at the factory urinating on the factory line resulting in the company discarding 50,000 pigs.

A worker at the Smithfield Foods factory in Virginia was caught on camera urinating on the production line, according to WAVY. The company has confirmed to the station that the employee in question has been suspended as the investigate the video and incident, but have noted it was an ‘isolated incident.’

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In the video, published on the WAVY website, you can see the employee removing his gloves and then leaning up against the counter and relieving himself onto the production line, then put his gloves back on and continue working.

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The company confirmed they then had to discard 50,000 pounds of meat after a preliminary investigation is being held to television station WTKR.

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Smithfield foods then released a statement about the video confirming the incident took place. Lisa Martin, a spokeswoman for Smithfield, told WAVY “In accordance with Smithfield’s food safety and quality standards, more than 50,000 pounds of product were disposed of following a swift internal investigation that revealed an employee had urinated at his station during the production process.”

An updated statement sent later from Smithfield Foods to news outlets in the surrounding areas said: “an employee had allegedly urinated at his station.”

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WAVY was in contact throughout the day by the USDA, and were told that the Food Safety and Inspection Service were looking into the matter and will determine any future actions. 

Want your pork seasoned with urine before it leaves the factory? If not then it might be time to give up meat and stop supporting the factory farming industry. 

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