Will the purchase of Smithfield Foods by a Chinese company affect your shopping habits?
I have long avoided any food product that comes from China, but it's about to get much harder to do so when shopping for ham, sausage, bacon, and other pork products
Smithfield Foods, one of the biggest pork producers in the U.S., has agreed to be bought by Chinese meat producer Shuanghui Group, China's largest meat producer. The deal still faces a federal regulatory review and is likely to face hefty U.S. scrutiny for both national security and food-supply safety reasons. China has had serious food safety problems, some of which have involved Shuanghui. There are questions about whether the company will diligently follow US food-safety regulations.
In 2011 it was learned Shuanghui's pork contained clenbuterol -- a banned chemical that makes pork leaner but can be harmful to humans. Side effects include nervousness, overactive thyroid, increased heart rate, increased heart rate, unusually high or low blood pressure, muscular tremors, headaches, nausea, fever and chills.