From a Smithfield press release on May 3:
Yesterday we submitted samples from our farm in Veracruz for further testing under the direction of Mexican governmental authorities, including genetic sequence analysis that will determine what, if any, strains of flu are present. The results will enable us to conclude with certainty that the A(H1N1) strain is not present in our hogs. These tests will take approximately twelve days.
Ok, so Smithfield is taking samples (of its choosing), and giving them to a government that for ten years has allowed Smithfield Farms to contaminated dozens of villages and construct 100 feed lots with absolutely no regulation save for a few poor farmers occasionally blocking the highway. This government will then test for A(H1N1) “in order to enable us to conclude with certainty that the A(H1N1) strain is not present in our hogs“ (Given that that locals have tested positive for the swine flu, might there just be a tiny chance it is present)
Nope, that’s not how we roll here in Mexico.
Smithfield farms may or may not be responsible for this Influenza, which originally came out of hog feedlots in the US in 1998. But given the stakes, to not have an impartial international investigation into their herds would be extreme negligence. Especially considering how this has effected the world.
Tomorrow I’ll post about the rest of my visit to the Smithfield facilities in Veracruz and how the feedlots have effected nearby communities..