TERMS OF USE

 

Please read this page carefully.  This page states the terms and conditions under which you, the web site visitor, may use this website and any related websites, microsites, social media platforms and mobile applications (the “Site”). 

This Site is owned and operated by Smithfield Foods, Inc. or one of its subsidiary companies (collectively, “Smithfield”).  By using this Site, you agree to comply with and be bound by all of the terms and conditions set forth in these Terms of Use.  If you do not accept these Terms of Use, please immediately navigate out of the Site and do not use the Site. Smithfield may revise or modify these Terms of Use (collectively, “Changes”) at any time, in its sole discretion; therefore, you should visit this page periodically to review the most current Terms of Use. Your sole and exclusive remedy if you do not agree to any such Changes is to stop using the Site.

Use of Site Material

The contents of the Site, such as text, graphics, images, multimedia, and other content (the "Site Material"), are protected by copyright under both United States and foreign laws. These Terms of Use do not grant you any license whatsoever to the Site Material except as described in this paragraph.  Unless stated otherwise on the Site, Smithfield authorizes you to view and download a single copy of the Site Material for your personal non-commercial use. Unauthorized use of the Site Material violates copyright, trademark, and other laws. You agree to not remove or alter in any manner any copyright, trademark and other proprietary notices contained in the original Site Material on any copy of such material.  Except as expressly provided herein, you may not sell or modify the Site Material or reproduce, display, distribute, or otherwise use the Site Material in any way for any public or commercial purpose, or reverse-engineer, disassemble, or derive the source code for any Site Material. Additionally, you shall not use the Site for any unlawful purpose or in any way that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Site, or interfere with anyone else’s use and enjoyment of the Site. Specifically, you may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Site through hacking, password mining, or any other means. Use of the Site Material on any other website or in a networked environment is prohibited.  Smithfield or its licensors retains ownership of all Site Material, including all intellectual property rights in the Site Material.

Coupons, Special Promotions, Sweepstakes, Contests, Games, Features, E-Commerce

This Site may contain coupons, special promotions, sweepstakes, contests, games, or other promotional features or functionality (collectively, “Promotions”). These Promotions may be offered subject to special terms and conditions, such as eligibility requirements, entry deadlines, or other rules and restrictions (“Special Terms and Conditions”).  Promotions may be limited to participating locations.  If Special Terms and Conditions apply for any Promotion, we will post the applicable Special Terms and Conditions or provide a link to the Special Terms and Conditions on the web page featuring the Promotion. The Special Terms and Conditions shall supplement and amend these Terms of Use and are hereby made a part of these Terms of Use.  Coupons will have their own Special Terms and Conditions printed on the coupons. To the extent any product purchases or other e-commerce transactions can be made through the Site, such purchases and transactions will be subject to separate terms and conditions.  

Trademarks

The trademarks and logos appearing on the Site are, unless otherwise noted, trademarks owned by or licensed to Smithfield.  Your use of these trademarks, except as provided in these Terms of Use, is prohibited.  From time to time, Smithfield may make a fair use on the Site of trademarks owned by third parties. Smithfield makes no claim to ownership of those marks.

User Submissions

Smithfield welcomes your comments on or through the Site.  However, you acknowledge that if you send us creative suggestions, ideas, recipes, notes, drawings, concepts, inventions, product reviews, or other information (collectively, the "Information"), the Information shall be deemed, and shall remain Smithfield property.  By submission of any Information to Smithfield on or through the Site, you assign to Smithfield and Smithfield shall own exclusively all rights to such Information of every kind and nature throughout the universe now known or hereafter existing.  Smithfield shall be entitled to unrestricted use of the Information for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, without compensation to you or the provider of the Information and without any notice to or right of review or approval by you or the provider of the Information. To the extent Information is not owned by Smithfield, you hereby grant Smithfield the unrestricted, irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, transferable right and license to use and authorize others to use the Information for any and all purposes, whether commercial or otherwise, without compensation to you or the provider of the Information and without any notice to or right of review or approval by you or the provider of the Information.

As a user of this Site, you are responsible for your own communications.  Therefore, DO NOT do any of the following things:

  • Transmit material to Smithfield on or through the Site that is copyrighted, unless you are the copyright owner or have the permission of the copyright owner;
  • Send material that reveals trade secrets;
  • Send material that infringes on any intellectual property rights of others or on the privacy or publicity rights of others;
  • Send material that is obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful, or embarrassing to another user or any other person or entity;
  • Intentionally or unintentionally violate or encourage conduct that would violate any local, state, or federal law;
  • Send advertisements or solicitations of business;
  • Send chain letters or pyramid schemes;
  • Transmit material that contains any computer viruses, worms or other potentially damaging computer programs or files. or
  • Impersonate another person or entity.

Reporting Claims of Copyright Infringement

 

Smithfield respects the intellectual property rights of others and does not knowingly violate or permit others to violate such rights. Users of this Site are prohibited from posting or submitting any content that violates copyright or other intellectual property rights. Smithfield reserves the right to remove any such content in its sole discretion.

 

In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, Smithfield will respond promptly to claims of copyright infringement committed on the Site and reported to Smithfield.  If you are the copyright owner of any content or authorized to act on the owner’s behalf, please report any alleged copyright infringements to the following address or email:

 

Attn: Legal Department

Smithfield Foods, Inc.

200 Commerce Street

Smithfield, VA 23430

Email: copyright@smithfield.com

 

To be sure the matter is handled immediately, your written notice must:

·     Contain your physical or electronic signature;

·     Identify the copyrighted work or other intellectual property alleged to have been infringed;

·     Identify the allegedly infringing material in a sufficiently precise manner to allow Smithfield to locate that material;

·     Contain adequate information by which Smithfield can contact you (including postal address, telephone number, and e-mail address);

·     Contain a statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted material or other intellectual property is not authorized by the owner, the owner's agent or the law;

·     Contain a statement that the information in the written notice is accurate; and

·     Contain a statement, under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright or other intellectual property right owner.

 

Unless the notice pertains to copyright or other intellectual property infringement, Smithfield will be unable to address the listed concern.

 

Submitting a DMCA Counter-Notification

Smithfield will notify you that it has removed or disabled access to copyright-protected material that you provided, if such removal is pursuant to a validly received DMCA take-down notice. In response, you may provide Smithfield’s agent with a written counter-notification that includes the following information:

1.  Your physical or electronic signature;

2.  Identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled, and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled;

3.  A statement from you under the penalty of perjury, that You have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of a mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled; and

4.  Your name, physical address and telephone number, and a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of a court for the judicial district in which your physical address is located, or if your physical address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which Smithfield may be located, and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of allegedly infringing material or an agent of such person.

 

Termination of Repeat Infringers

Smithfield reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate the account or access of any user of this Site who is the subject of repeated DMCA or other infringement notifications. 

 

Restricted Access

 

Certain Smithfield websites or features may have restricted access or require a login and password.  If this Site or any portion of the Site is restricted, then only users expressly authorized by Smithfield are permitted to use the restricted Site. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and for the activities of anyone accessing the Site using your password, even if such access or use is unauthorized by you. If you have reason to believe your password has been compromised, you must promptly notify Smithfield and request a new password. Smithfield reserves the right to revoke or prohibit access to any restricted Site for any reason and at its sole discretion.

 

In the event the Site is restricted to authorized users only and such restricted Site provides access to confidential pricing, sales terms, or other non-public information of Smithfield, you agree to keep such information confidential and to not disclose the information to any third party or use it for any purpose other than for the purpose expressly stated on the Site.     

 

Cautionary Language Regarding Forward-Looking Information

 

This Site may contain "forward-looking" information within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking information may include statements concerning the company's outlook for the future, as well as other statements of beliefs, future plans and strategies or anticipated events, and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Forward-looking information and statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the statements. These risks and uncertainties include availability and prices of livestock, raw materials and supplies, livestock costs, product pricing, the competitive environment and related market conditions, operating efficiencies, access to capital, the cost of compliance with environmental and health standards, adverse results from ongoing litigation and actions of domestic and foreign governments. Smithfield' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, may identify additional risks and uncertainties. These filings are available from the SEC.

 

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Smithfield undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

 

Health Related Information

 

Information accessible on this Site is for information or advertising purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  Smithfield does not warrant the validity of any health-related statements contained on the Site or any such information contained in third party websites referenced in the Site.  You should always consult with your physician prior to changing or undertaking a new diet or exercise program.  Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the Site.

 

Limitation of Liability

 

SMITHFIELD DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THIS WEB SITE WILL OPERATE ERROR-FREE OR THAT THE SITE AND ITS SERVER ARE FREE OF COMPUTER VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL MATERIAL.  IF YOUR USE OF THIS SITE OR THE SITE MATERIAL RESULT IN ANY COSTS OR EXPENSES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE NEED FOR SERVICING OR REPLACING EQUIPMENT OR MOBILE MESSAGING, DATA, OR OTHER FEES, SMITHFIELD SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE COSTS OR EXPENSES.  THIS WEB SITE AND ITS MATERIAL ARE PROVIDE ON AN "AS IS" AND "AT YOUR OWN RISK" BASIS WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND.  SMITHFIELD, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTIES RIGHTS, AND THE WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  ALTHOUGH SMITHFIELD STRIVES TO PROVIDE THOROUGH AND ACCURATE MATERIALS ON THE SITE, SMITHFIELD MAKES NO WARRANTIES ABOUT THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, COMPLETENESS, OR TIMELINESS OF THE MATERIAL, SERVICES, SOFTWARE, TEXT, GRAPHICS, AND LINKS.  SMITHFIELD DOES NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTIES AS TO THE RESULT OR OUTCOME OF USING THE SITE OR PROPERLY FOLLOWING ANY INSTRUCTIONS, RECOMMENDATIONS, DIRECTIONS, OR RECIPES CONTAINED IN THE SITE MATERIAL.

SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER LEGAL RIGHTS, WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.

No Consequential Damages

IN NO EVENT SHALL SMITHFIELD, ITS AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, PARENT COMPANIES, LICENSEES, AGENTS, PROMOTIONAL PARTNERS, OR ANY THIRD PARTIES MENTIONED ON THE SITE, OR ANY OF THEIR DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OR REPRESTNATIVES, BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS, OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM LOST DATA OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) RESULTING FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE, SITE MATERIALS, OR SITES LINKED TO THIS SITE, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT SMITHFIELD IS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

SOME STATES MAY NOT ALLOW SMITHFIELD TO LIMIT OR EXCLUDE LIABILITY FOR THESE "INCIDENTAL" OR "CONSEQUENTIAL" DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY. 

Links

This Site may contain links to websites owned or controlled by third parties.  These links and the contents on these other websites are provided solely as a convenience to you and are not an endorsement by Smithfield.  Smithfield is not responsible for the content of any linked websites and makes no representations regarding the content or accuracy of materials on such websites.  If you decide to visit any third-party websites using links from this Site, you do so at your own risk.  Consult the Uniform Resources Locator ("URL") address identified in your browser to determine whether you have linked to a third party website.

Indemnity

By using this Site, you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Smithfield, its affiliated companies and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (the “Indemnified Parties”), from and against any and all losses, claims, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable legal and accounting fees) that the Indemnified Parties may become obligated to pay arising or resulting from any Information that you provide or from your unauthorized use of the Site or Site Material and/or your breach of these Terms of Use.  Smithfield reserves the right to assume or participate, at your expense, in the investigation, settlement and defense of any such action or claim.

Local Laws; Export Control

Smithfield controls and operates this Site from its headquarters in the United States of America and the entirety of this Site may not be appropriate or available for use in other locations.  If you use this Site outside the United States of America, you are solely responsible for following applicable local laws.

Termination of Rights of Access

Smithfield reserves the right to expel you and to prevent further access to this Site for violating these Terms of Use or any law.  The violation of any of these Terms of Use may result in the immediate revocation of your right to access or use the Site or Site Material and obligates you to immediately destroy any copies of the Site Material in your possession and no longer use the Site Material.

Miscellaneous

Smithfield does not claim that the Site Material is appropriate or may be used outside of the United States.  Access to the Site Material may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries.  If you access the Site from outside of the United States, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws of your jurisdiction.

Smithfield is headquartered in Smithfield, Virginia. These Terms of Use are governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, without respect to its conflict of laws principles.  You agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts situated in the Commonwealth of Virginia with respect to any dispute, disagreement, or cause of action related to or involving this Site.  If any provision is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms of Use, which shall remain in full force and effect.   No waiver of any of these Terms of Use shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term.  Except as expressly provided elsewhere in the Site, these Terms of Use, together with the Privacy Policy and any Special Terms and Conditions, constitute the entire agreement between you and Smithfield with respect to your use of the Site. If the Site allows users to purchase any products on or through the Site or via phone or email, such purchases are subject to separate purchase terms and conditions provided to you at the time of purchase.  

Privacy Policy

This website and any related websites, microsites, mobile applications and social media platforms (each, a “Site” and collectively, our “Sites”) is owned and operated by Smithfield Foods, Inc. or one of its subsidiary companies (collectively, “Smithfield”). Smithfield knows your privacy and security are important, so we are very sensitive to the privacy concerns of those who use our Sites.

 

This Privacy Policy describes how we may collect and use information about you through your use of the Sites and with whom we may share it. The Privacy Policy also describes the measures we take to protect the security of your personal information and how you can contact us to update your preferences regarding how we communicate with you or answer any questions you may have about our privacy practices.

 

By accessing and using this Site you agree to the terms set forth in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy may be modified at any time without notice by posting the modified Privacy Policy here. You should check this Privacy Policy each time you visit the Site to identify and understand any changes made since your previous visit. By continuing to access or use the Site, you agree to be bound by any modifications to this Privacy Policy. Please consult the Site Terms of Use for additional terms and conditions that apply to your access and use of the Site.

 

Children Under the Age of 13

 

This Site is not aimed at children under 13 years of age. Any information submitted through the Site that we know or reasonably believe originated from a child under 13 years of age will be deleted. Children should never reveal their address, phone number or other personal information to any strangers on the Internet.

 

Information We Collect and How We Use It

Information You Provide Directly to Us

 

When you participate in or register on the Site for promotions, offers, programs, contests, or sweepstakes, or otherwise communicate with us, you may directly provide us with certain information, including, but not limited to, the following types of personal information:

 

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Postal address
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Demographic information
  • Income Level
  • Age or birthdate
  • Family or household information
  • Information about your interests, hobbies, product preferences, or shopping activities
  • Information you affirmatively allow a third party service, such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, to provide to us.

 

We may also offer you the opportunity to sign up for email newsletters and other communications and promotional materialsWe may collect your name, email address, zip code, state and other information for purposes of sending those communications.  

 

Information We Collect from Social Networking Services

 

If you choose to access or use social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., we may receive certain personal information that you make available to those services, including, without limitation, information about your contacts on those services. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of each social networking service you use to understand how your information may be used and shared by the service or third parties and to set your privacy settings on those services in accordance with your preferences.

 

Information We Collect by Automated Means When You Visit Our Sites

 

When you visit any of our Sites, we may collect certain information by automated means, using technologies such as cookies, web server logs, web beacons, or other technologies that collect information about your computer or device and your online activity.

 

Please note that our Sites or website service providers may not recognize automated browser signals regarding tracking mechanisms, such as “do not track” instructions. However, you can change your privacy preferences regarding the use of cookies and similar technologies through your browser. Cookies are files that websites send to your computer or other Internet-connected device to uniquely identify your browser or to store information or settings in your browser. Your browser may tell you how to be notified when you receive certain types of cookies and how to restrict or disable cookies. Please note, however, that without cookies you may not be able to use all of the features of the Site.

 

In conjunction with the gathering of information through cookies, our web servers may log information such as your device type, operating system type, browser type, domain and other system settings, as well as the language your system uses and the country and time zone where your device is located. The web server logs also may record information such as the address of the web page that referred you to the Site and the IP address of the device you use to connect to the Internet. They may also log information about your interaction with the Site, such as which pages you visit, links you click and the items you view. To control which web servers collect information by automated means, we may place tags on our web pages called "web beacons," which are small files that link web pages to particular web servers and their cookies.

 

We also may use third party web analytics services on the Site, such as those of Google Analytics, ShareThis, or other analytics services. These service providers use cookies, web beacons and other technology to help us analyze how users use the Site. The information collected by the cookies and web beacons (including your IP address) will be disclosed to these service providers, who use the information to evaluate your use of the Site. To learn about opting out of Google Analytics, you may visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. To learn more about opting out of ShareThis, you may visit http://sharethis.com/privacy.

 

Information We Obtain from Other Sources

 

We may obtain information about you from other sources, such as public databases, data aggregators and information collected from other brands or businesses in the Smithfield family of companies. This information may include, without limitation, your name, email address, postal address, age, gender, marital status, income level, demographic information, purchasing behavior, interests, hobbies, product preferences, online activity, or any other publicly available information.

 

 

How We May Use Information

 

We may use any information we collect on or through the Site, from other commercial sources, or in connection with a promotion, offer, contest, sweepstake, or social networking service, to operate, evaluate and improve our business, products, services and Sites, to communicate with you and provide information to you regarding our products, services and promotions, and to customize and optimize your experience on the Site. We also may use information we collect in other ways for which we provide specific notice at the time of collection.

 

Other specific ways we may use this information include, without limitation, the following:

 

  • To provide you with information about our products, services, and promotions
  • To enable you to use certain features of the Site
  • To verify your identity and respond to your comments or questions about our products, services, promotions, or company
  • To process and fulfill your online purchases
  • To register you for contests, sweepstakes, or promotions for which you have requested to be registered and to administer such contests, sweepstakes or promotions
  • To better understand our customers and product needs
  • To provide you with services or offers you have requested
  • To help us develop new and improved products, services, promotions and websites
  • To conduct market research, analysis and data analytics
  • To determine the effectiveness of our advertising and marketing
  • To analyze our products, services, promotions and websites
  • To administer, manage and optimize our Sites
  • To prevent fraud, unauthorized transactions, claims and liabilities
  • To perform accounting, audit, billing reconciliation and collection activities
  • To manage risk exposure and quality
  • To comply with or enforce legal requirements, industry standards and our policies and terms.

 

Sharing of Information

 

We may share information we collect or that you provide to us on or through the Site, or in connection with a promotion, offer, contest, sweepstakes, or social networking service, with our service providers and licensees who perform services on our behalf. These service providers and licensees are not authorized by us to use or disclose the information except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or to comply with legal requirements. We also may share information with our affiliated companies, licensees, franchisees, advertising agencies and promotional partners to, for example, send you information about products, services, or promotions that may interest you.

 

We also may disclose information about you (i) if we are required to do so by law or legal process, (ii) to law enforcement authorities, or (iii) when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity. We reserve the right to transfer personal information we have about you in the event we sell or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets. Should such a sale or transfer occur, we will use reasonable efforts to direct the transferee to use personal information you have provided to us in a manner that is consistent with our Privacy Policy.

 

User-Generated Content

 

Certain features on our Site may contain interactive areas where users can submit comments, images, recipes, or other content that may be visible to others. Users should be aware that when they voluntarily disclose personally identifiable information (e.g., name, email address, postal address, etc.) in public, interactive sections of the Site, the information can be read and used by others. We strongly encourage you to not disclose any personally identifiable information in any such submissions of content to the Site. We make no representations and undertake no obligations as to the security or use of information you voluntarily submit via any Sites. We also reserve the right to remove any user-generated content we deem inappropriate for any reason in our sole discretion and without notice.   

 

Links to Other Websites

 

The Site may contain links to other websites that are owned or operated by companies other than Smithfield or any of its affiliated companies. Linked websites may have their own privacy policies and are not governed by this Privacy Policy. We strongly suggest you carefully review the privacy policies, practices and terms of use for all websites you visit through a link on our Site. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of any websites owned and operated by third parties.

 

How We Protect Personal Information

 

We maintain administrative, technical and physical safeguards customary in the industry to protect the personal information you provide against accidental, unlawful or unauthorized destruction, loss, alteration, access, disclosure or use. While we believe these safeguards are effective to secure your personal information, no method of security is 100% secure from all potential threats. Consequently, we cannot guarantee the absolute safety of personal information submitted on the Site. 

 

Notice to California Residents

 

If you are a California resident, you may ask us to refrain from sharing your information with certain affiliates and other third parties for their own marketing purposes. Please tell us your preference by contacting us as specified in the How to Contact Us section below. Your opt-out will be effective until you revoke it. Your opt-out will only affect the future sharing of information and will not be retroactive

 

Your Control Over Your Information

 

You may contact us as described in the How to Contact Us section below to review and update your preferences, ask us to remove your information from our mailing lists, or to submit a request. All of our promotional emails contain an “unsubscribe” link that you can click through to stop receiving future promotional emails from the Smithfield brand or group that originated the promotion.  Even if you opt out of getting marketing messages, Smithfield will still send you messages about your questions and purchases.

 

How to Contact Us

 

If you have questions or comments about our products, services, or company, please contact us by using the Contact form available at www.smithfield.com/contact. For specific questions or concerns about the terms of our Privacy Policy or your personal information, please contact us by using the Contact form or by emailing Smithfield at privacypolicy@smithfield.com

 

California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Disclosure

Slavery and Human Trafficking Disclosure

Smithfield Foods, Inc. and its subsidiary companies (“Smithfield”) is committed to the protection and advancement of human rights, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights issued by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10, 1948.  Smithfield and its employees adhere to the Smithfield Human Rights Policy (our “Policy”), which is grounded in the Smithfield Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (our “Code of Conduct”). A primary tenet of our Policy is “Smithfield does not use forced or compulsory labor.”

Effective January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 requires Smithfield to make the following disclosure as to our efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from our direct supply chain:

Verification of Supply Chain. Smithfield has adopted a Supplier Code of Conduct (our “Supplier Code”). A primary tenet of that code is adherence to all laws and regulations governing labor and human rights, including those addressing forced labor and human trafficking.

Audit. Smithfield has the right but does not currently conduct audits of suppliers to evaluate supplier compliance with company standards against trafficking and slavery in supply chains.

Supplier Certification.  Our Supplier Code requires all suppliers to submit to an audit of the supplier’s facilities, upon request by Smithfield, and inform Smithfield of any regulatory noncompliance or violation of the Supplier Code. Smithfield does not currently certify supplier compliance with the Supplier Code or our Policy.

Accountability.  Smithfield is committed to ethical and socially responsible conduct in the workplace. Upon hire, Smithfield requires all employees to read and acknowledge receipt and understanding of our Code of Conduct. Employees re-certify this acknowledgement annually. Our Code of Conduct includes, among other things, certification that the employee will comply with all applicable laws and regulations. Human trafficking and slavery is a violation of such laws, and would constitute a violation of our Code of Conduct. Such a violation could result in disciplinary action against the employee, including termination.

Training. As noted above, Smithfield requires annual certification from our employees that they understand and will adhere to our Code of Conduct. We do not conduct specific training at this time on our Code of Conduct or on our Policy.