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MARYVILLE, MO (2011-08-23)
Another subsidiary of the parent company of Premium Standard Farms has settled with federal authorities in the largest civil penalty of its kind.
Farmland foods is a subsidiary of Smithfield foods, which also owns PSF. The US Justice Department alleged farmland required newly-hired and some foreign-born US citizens working at one of its plants to provide work authorization documents well beyond what federal law mandates. By setting, farmland will pay more than $290,000 in civil penalties, that's the largest settlement since anti-discrimination provisions were enacted in 1986. Neither PSF nor its parent company of Smithfield Foods were part of the lawsuit. Farmland is headquartered in Kansas City.
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