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WASHINGTON, DC (WWAY) — Rep. Walter Jones (R-3rd District) wants a Congressional hearing on the planned sale of Smithfield Foods, Inc., to a Chinese company.

Jones has asked the House Agriculture Committee to hold a hearing on the proposed acquisition of Smithfield by Shuanghui International Holdings Limited.

In a letter to House Agriculture Committee Chair Rep. Frank Lucas, Jones said he had serious concerns on potential impacts on jobs, national security, food safety and supply and intellectual property rights.

Smithfield is the world’s largest pork producer and processor and runs the world’s largest slaughter house in Bladen County.

“This attempt by a Chinese company – which has a history of egregious food safety violations – to take over the world’s largest pork producer is not a situation that Congress can ignore,” Jones said in a statement.

According to Jones’s letter, the Senate Agriculture Committee has already scheduled a hearing on the Smithfield sale for mid-July. Under the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007, the Obama administration will make the final decision as to whether or not the merger is finalized. Jones says if the merger is approved, it will be the largest-ever acquisition of an American corporation by a Chinese company.

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2015 years 10 months ago

Still not a good reason for people to go all “chicken little” just because a Chinese company bought something in the U.S.


2015 years 10 months ago

Just because a Chinese company wants to buy Smithfield. I just wonder of that chinese company wants to destroy the NC landscape with mile after mile of pig farms !
Like there’s not enough already…

2015 years 10 months ago

A point to make here.
Chinese ownership of Smithfield means China can control the price of pork here for everyone by using free market principles against us.
The home office in Bejing says ship more pork here instead of selling it to domestic markets in the U.S. – pork prices then rise here due to artificially created shortages.
As it stands NOW Smithfield can control the price by slowing production down causing farmers to raise FEWER pigs thereby raising the wholesale price of their own raw materials.

My main concern is not that but what increased demand for pork will do here in NC. Tarheel is maxed out production wise and the newer plant in Kinston is still expanding. I just wonder how many additional hog farms they will need to keep those production lines humming along with “raw materials”?


2015 years 10 months ago

Do you remember calling me out on the Smithfield foods deal. How crazy my concern with this issue was. Well! add Republican Walter Jones to the crazy column with me! My concern that no country including China should ever hold control of our major American food suppliers remains and it sure looks like others feel the same!

Guest Timekeeper
2015 years 10 months ago

Makes no real difference to me, as I will not buy anything else from Smithfield after they fired Paula Deen. Maybe the Chinese will be a little more open-minded and re-hire her.

2015 years 10 months ago

‘Course I remember your erstwhile cry for illumination. Your concern, as you say yourself, was crazy. Let me break it down for you grasshopper, so that you may profit from my wisdom.

“Jones said he had serious concerns on potential impacts on jobs, national security, food safety and supply and intellectual property rights”. And now for the deconstruction ……..

– Potential impact on jobs: If the market for Smithfield’s pork increases due to an even more expanded market in China, that would result in more jobs.
– National security: Are we talking about pork spies?
– Food safety: As a food professional who happens to have been ServSafe certified for at least the last decade, this one really makes me wonder why Jones even ventured to comment on this. Anyone with even half a brain would know that the same food inspection standards would still be in place. Duh!
Food supply: Uh … the pork would be American pork. Do you really think that if we had a crises with China they could withhold our own pork from us.
– Intellectual property: Gotta admit, really have no idea what Jones is talking about. Pork software perhaps?

If we hadn’t been so comfortable with increasing our national debt, we wouldn’t have had to sell so much it to the Chinese in the first place. They’re just using their profits in a logical way. That’s what happens when you embrace a tax and spend philosophy Tee-Ball

I do find it amusing that a died-in-the-wool extreme liberal like yourself finds yourself in bed with a Republican congressman on this issue. Must make you feel kind of twitchy. :-)

(FYI: Jones isn’t getting a lot of great PR these days. Not a surprise that he would be desperate enough to latch onto this issue to try and improve his image no matter how frivolous his premise actually was. All politicians know that if you put out enough bull crap, someone will believe that what they’re saying is true. Try not to be one of those “some ones”.)

Regards, Chef

2015 years 10 months ago

It’s simple math. Do not buy any SMITHFIELD product beginning NOW. Period! Write to Smithfield and Walmart stating YOUR SUPPORT American business…not Chinese and that you are now boycotting such products! Money talks! Walmart refuses to buy, Smithfield is sunk and all they need is to know that customers will boycott! No more pork for me!

2015 years 10 months ago

I am completely against Smithfield selling to the Chinese! Look what they do with lead paint! And you want to eat pork after they get their nasty little hands on it! Think again! Genecide by pork!

2015 years 10 months ago

Smithfield owns a minority interest in Carolina Turkes, Prestage farmes, and other local food producers….
And Smithfields BIGGEST customer is WalMart – where they are trying to get back to buying American.

And considering that Jones is a free market Republican, why do we need congressional hearings on this?


2015 years 10 months ago

Amen..It is a total disgrace. I’m sick of this witch hunt against her. The pendulum has swung too far to the other extreme. If you’re white, you’re white. If you’re black, you’re black. Okay? Enough is enough. Stop trying to not have to work by alledging some FREEDOM OF SPEECH that was uttered a long time ago and turning it into easy street for the rest of your life. People, stand up for your race. How can the good of you watch this happen? Smithfield will probably start using rats and dogs like they do in China anyway.

Guest 51
2015 years 10 months ago

I am also so disgusted with the way Paula Deen has been treated. I pray she comes back stronger and with much better sponsors.


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