Ah, the plot thickens. Smithfield—the same folks who sent a memo to employees a couple of weeks ago claiming that the swine flu outbreak isn’t connected to pigs—has been sued by the family of Judy Trunnell, the first U.S. resident to die of the disease.
In that same “spin in haste, repent at leisure” memo, Smithfield claimed that “there is no evidence that any of the people affected had contact with pigs.” But, as we reported last month, several news reports indicate that La Gloria—a Mexican village near the enormous Smithfield-owned Granjas Carroll factory pig farm—is home to the first confirmed case of swine flu and may have been ground zero for the outbreak. Apparently, the family of Judy Trunnell—who was a pregnant special education teacher in San Antonio, Texas—has seen those reports too.
To get an idea of just how foul and disgusting Smithfield’s Granjas Carroll factory farm is, check out these photos, which were reportedly taken there.
Right now, we still don’t know for sure where the swine flu outbreak originated or how it spread. Hopefully, this lawsuit will shed some light on that.
Written by Alisa Mullins