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Smithfield Foods promised to cut emissions.
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Local officials in North Carolina are considering tax breaks for a Chinese-owned company running one of the world's largest hog slaughterhouses.

Smithfield Foods promised to cut emissions.
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Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, has promised to slash its carbon emissions.

Keith Ludlum is the president of UFCW local 1208 and led the charge for unions in North Carolina slaughterhouses.
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In 2008, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union and Smithfield Foods in Tar Heel, NC reached an agreement to end a 16-year fight for better worker conditions. 

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Pork processor Smithfield Foods has officially been sold.  It is reportedly the largest purchase ever of a US company by a Chinese company.

Today 96% of Smithfield Foods shareholders voted to sell the pork processor to Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. of Hong Kong.  The deal is worth $7.1 billion.

A USDA official meets with a hog farmer in Johnston County in 2011 to review animal waste management system.
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Hundreds of people in eastern North Carolina have filed nuisance complaints against Smithfield Foods about the way hog farmers dispose of their waste. 

Smithfield Foods promised to cut emissions.
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Smithfield Foods is set to be sold to Chinese firm in a $7.1 billion deal. The Shuanghui Group is the largest meat processor in China, and they have agreed to purchase Smithfield Foods to satisfy a large demand for American-made pork in China. If the deal goes through, it would be the largest ever Chinese acquisition of an American company.

A hog farm in Lyons, Georgia.
Jeff Vanuga, USDA NRCS

The multi-billion dollar merger announcement between Smithfield Foods and China-based Shuanghui International caught many people by surprise.  Smithfield owns the largest hog processing plant in the world, in Tar Heel.  And thousands of hog farmers and factory workers in North Carolina are employed by the company.

If the deal clears regulatory hurdles, it could be the biggest takeover of a US company by a Chinese company.

Smithfield Foods and the United Food and Commercial Workers settled a federal racketeering lawsuit this week. Now the nearly five thousand workers at the plant in Tar Heel will have another chance to vote on union representation.

The fight between Smithfield and the United Food and Commercial Workers over unionizing the Tar Heel hog processing plant has entered a new phase. A federal judge in Virginia has allowed a lawsuit filed by Smithfield to go forward.

The suit accuses the UFCW of a coordinated public smear campaign.  It uses the RICO statutes that were created to fight organized crime. The lawsuit is the latest step in a confrontation that has slowly been moving out of the plant itself and into the kitchens and living rooms of consumers.

Many workers at the Smithfield hog processing plant in Tar Heel North Carolina continue to speak-out about what they call "bad" work conditions. But yesterday instead of just speaking-out – hundreds of workers walked out.