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With mandatory Country of Origin Labeling implementation due to begin in less than a week, the nation's largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods Inc., said it intends to procure and process only U.S. born and raised hogs at its domestic processing facilities.
While food producers nationally are gearing up to comply with the new labeling law that goes into effect Sept. 30, Smithfield is also encouraging producers that supply its hogs to help create a fully-documented supply of domestically born and raised hogs between now and March.
The vertically integrated pork company said its "unique supply network enables Smithfield to offer its customers safe pork labeled as born, raised and processed in the U.S.A. in compliance with the soon to be effective Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) program."
With sales of $11 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.