June 17 Smithfield Foods Inc. has evacuated its
Tar Heel, North Carolina pork packing plant, the world's
largest, due to a suspected ammonia leak on Tuesday, the company
"All employees have been evacuated. We are also working with
local authorities to secure the facility," said Kathleen
Kirkham, a company spokesperson.
The facility has a daily processing capacity of about 34,000
hogs a day. It is unknown when the plant will resume operations.
Smithfield Foods, Inc. is a wholly independent subsidiary of
China's WH Group.
(Reporting By Meredith Davis; Editing by Chris Reese)