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Packaged Foods

Smithfield Foods closes the only smokehouse making genuine Smithfield ham

Melanie Wong | Jul 21, 201805:25 PM     2

" ... A Smithfield Foods spokeswoman said that the smokehouse had reached the end of its useful life and that the company has plenty of genuine Smithfield hams stockpiled to satisfy immediate demand.

'We’re currently meeting about the future of the smokehouse and I don’t have many details to share at this point. Should know more in the coming weeks,' spokeswoman Diana Souder said via email.

The smokehouse is said to be more than 50 years old, but whether the company will build a new one, seek a change in state law or simply abandon the “genuine Smithfield” moniker is a matter of local speculation..."

A sad day in Hamtown: Smithfield Foods closes the only smokehouse making genuine Smithfield ham

Company says stockpile will last a while, but future is uncertain for signature, salty product.

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