The Tar Heel plant, the company's largest pork
processing facility, reduced its slaughter schedule this week to
four days from five days, said sources who requested anonymity due
to the sensitivity of the issue.
While it is not slaughtering hogs on Friday, the plant is processing
meat from this week's kill, the sources said.
PEDv does not affect humans and is not a food safety risk.
Smithfield, acquired last year by China's Shuanghui International,
says it does not comment on daily operations, minor disruptions, and
openings or closings of processing plants.
Industry sources say the plant processes roughly 30,000 hogs a
(Reporting by Meredith Davis and
Christine Stebbins in Chicago; editing by Matthew Lewis)
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