Hormel stops operations at supplier farm after video shows animal abuse

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Packaged foods maker Hormel Foods Corp (HRL.N) said on Tuesday that it had suspended operations at one its pork suppliers in Oklahoma until it investigates claims that pigs were being abused at the farm.

Animal rights group Mercy for Animals released a video last week that showed large number of pigs and piglets constrained in small spaces, being treated cruelly and left to suffer from injuries and illnesses without veterinary care.

The video, which is 2 minutes and 26 seconds long and is available on YouTube and on Mercy for Animals’ website, was part of the group’s undercover investigation at the Maschhoffs farm.

Hormel said it would send third-party auditors to investigate the claims made in the video.

“We have issued a suspension of all the Maschhoffs, LLC Oklahoma sow operations while a thorough investigation is completed”, Hormel said.

The Maschhoffs farm said in a statement that they had begun their own investigation into the events depicted in…



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