GOP Questions Smithfield Deal's Effect On Heparin Supply

Law360, New York (July 25, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT) -- U.S. House Republicans expressed concern Wednesday that a Chinese pork producer's $7.1 billion acquisition of Smithfield Foods Inc. could jeopardize the U.S. supply of heparin, the blood-thinning drug linked to a 2008 contamination episode that killed more than 80 people.

Lawmakers have previously warned that Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd.'s pending purchase of Smithfield raises food safety concerns, but the top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said in a letter to Smithfield CEO Larry Pope that they believed the transaction could threaten the safety...
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