WASHINGTON – Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. was fined $39,000 for inaccurate scales, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Association (GIPSA).
GIPSA fined the company for:
• failing to maintain and operate scales to ensure accurate weights;
• making settlement and final payment for livestock purchased by Smithfield on a carcass weight or carcass grade and weight basis based on inaccurate hot carcass weights; and
• failing to maintain, and to have available at its facilities, a complete set of calibrated test weights to properly test the accuracy of its monorail scales.