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Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Hearing to Examine Smithfield Acquisition, Future
Foreign Purchases of American Food Companies
Washington, DC – Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, will convene a hearing on
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. ET in room 562 of the Dirksen Senate
Office Building on the pending purchase of Smithfield Foods, the world’s
largest pork producer and processor, by Shuanghui International, a Chinese food
company. The hearing, entitled “Smithfield and Beyond: Examining Foreign
Purchases of American Food Companies,” will examine the Smithfield purchase,
the largest acquisition of an American company by a Chinese company in history.
The hearing will also more broadly examine how the government review process
of foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies addresses American food safety,
protection of American technologies and intellectual property, and the effects
of increased foreign ownership of the U.S. food supply.
Last week Chairwoman Stabenow, alongside a bipartisan group of Members from the
Senate Agriculture Committee, urged Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew in a letter to
include both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug
Administration in the government review of the proposed purchase of Smithfield
Foods. The Senators pressed for USDA and FDA involvement so that the oversight
process includes experts on the American food supply and food safety. The
letter also raised questions about potential future foreign acquisitions of
American food companies such as those that will be considered in the hearing
announced today. That letter can be found here.
Smithfield Foods CEO Larry Pope will be among the witnesses testifying.
Additional witnesses to be announced.
“Smithfield and Beyond: Examining Foreign Purchases of American Food Companies,”
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
2:30 p.m. ET
Room 562, Dirksen Senate Office Building
***A live webcast of the hearing can be viewed on the Committee’s website at
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