A recent article in Rolling Stone magazine roundly criticizes Smithfield Foods, Inc. and the hog production practices of producers in North Carolina.

Titled “Bosshog,” the article is “filled with misrepresentations and untruths about pork production” and serves as “one of the worst examples of irresponsible journalism that we have seen in a long, long time,” says Dennis Treacy and Jeffrey Turner, vice presidents at Smithfield Foods and Murphy-Brown, respectively.

The officials stated the article “totally brushed aside our achievements in corporate social responsibility that have earned praise from such reputable organizations as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the International Organization for Standardization (widespread ISO environmental certification) and Fortune magazine, which named Smithfield to its annual list of America’s Most Admired Companies for the fourth-consecutive year.”

More information about company policies can be found at www.smithfieldfoods.com or www.murphybrownllc.com.