Smithfield Foods confirms swine fever in Romania

by Editor
Friday, August 10, 2007

Smithfield-based Smithfield Foods, Inc. confirmed outbreaks of classical swine fever (CSF) at two of its hog farms in Romania.

According to Smithfield about 39,000 animals at two of its farms will be destroyed and disposed of under the direction of Romanian governmental authorities.

Tests on animals at the company's other farms in Romania have thus far been negative.

Smithfield estimates inventory write down and disposal costs associated with the outbreaks will negatively impact fiscal second quarter operating results by $4 to 5 million.

CSF is a highly contagious viral disease affecting pigs. The company emphasised that CSF does not affect humans and therefore poses no threat to human health or food safety.

With sales of $12 billion, Smithfield is the leading processor and marketer of fresh pork and processed meats in the United States, as well as the largest producer of hogs.