A former meat packer at the Smithfield Foods plant in Clinton has a bone to pick with the company. She claims her complaints about food safety went unheeded and uninvestigated during her 18 months on the job.
Now she is suing Smithfield, claiming her complaints are the reason she is no longer bringing home the bacon.
The woman claims that on one occasion, pork was contaminated when a hydraulic line ruptured in the plant, spraying fluid over the butchering line. According to her lawsuit, instead of discarding the tainted meat, Smithfield packed and shipped it. She cites other instances in which contaminated pork left the plant destined for supermarket shelves. She says managers refused to investigate.
The woman argues that ultimately the company fired her because of her constant whistle-blowing. Her lawsuit seeks $256,000 from the company.
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