ROSE HILL, N.C. (AP) — Lawyers for a subsidiary of the world's largest pork producer want litigation targeting the stink of industrial-scale growing operations scrubbed of references to the Chinese government, corporations and country's demand for pork.
Attorneys for hog-grower Murphy-Brown say the descriptions are used to inflame opinion against them. They're contained in dozens of lawsuits filed by more than 500 neighbors of concentrated hog-feeding operations.
Attorneys contend the residents have tolerated terrible smells and clouds of flies, sometimes for decades. The lawsuits say China's demand for pork will increase North Carolina hog production and the nuisances.
The 2013 buyout of Murphy-Brown and its corporate parent Smithfield Foods was the largest takeover of a U.S. company by a Chinese corporation. It aimed to provide the Communist country with a steady supply of U.S.-grown pork.