Smithfield sued for falsely advertising themselves as ‘safest’ U.S. pork products

A consumer group is suing one the largest pork producers over allegations that the company falsely advertises its products as the “safest” in the U.S.

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) filed a civil suit May 20 against Smithfield Foods, Inc., claiming they use practices that contribute to the creation of widespread diseases. The group is seeking to stop its ‘false’ advertising and marketing. Smithfield denies the allegations, calling the lawsuit 'without merit.'

Processing plant hit with Covid-19 under scrutiny since March

The meat processing plant hit with a coronavirus outbreak came under scrutiny by health officials in March before it was cited for being more than 90% out of compliance with infection control practices last week.

Public health officials said they visited Rantoul Foods- , which had 47 confirmed cases of Covid-19 as of May 5 -   on April 27th after receiving reports of  Covid-19 cases among company employees.