“All our U.S. products are made in one of our nearly 50 facilities across America. “All our U.S. products are made in one of our nearly 50 facilities across America. Let us know!. inaccurate stories (or media) making the rounds on the internet. Let us know!. These products are produced in compliance with the strict standards and regulations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other federal and state authorities. Here's the swift and strong response a company spokesperson sent to Lead Stories: This is absolutely false. Spotted something? For more information, please see here. inaccurate stories (or media) making the rounds on the internet. This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform. WH Group, the site explains, is not Chinese-government owned. Lead Stories is a fact checking website that is always looking for the latest false, deceptive or Jessica Ravitz, a staff writer and fact-checker for Lead Stories, is a former senior writer at CNN Digital. For more than a decade, she wrote longform narratives and profiles on topics ranging from gun violence, sexual assault and suicide to women’s health, spirituality and race. All our U.S. products are made in one of our nearly 50 facilities across America . The claim: Smithfield Foods was recently sold to China with unanimous support of its stockholders. THE FACTS: Social media users began resharing the false claim following the closure of a Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in South Dakota Sunday due to hundreds of employees testing positive for coronavirus. The claim is appearing in a meme that's being shared on Facebook in posts like this one (archived here), which was published by Gloria Grant Volkert on April 1, 2020. All our U.S. products are made in one of our nearly 50 facilities across America,” according to Smithfield Foods’ website. The company, which is headquartered in Smithfield, Virginia, was "acquired by Hong Kong-based WH Group in 2013," according to the Smithfield Foods website. AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Fake stories about Smithfield Foods go back to when that acquisition took place. All our U.S. products are made in one of our nearly, . All our U.S. products are made in one of our nearly 50 facilities across America . “No Smithfield products come from animals raised, processed, or packaged in China,” she said. Lead Stories is working with the CoronaVirusFacts/DatosCoronaVirus Alliance, a coalition of more than 100 fact-checkers who are fighting misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These products are produced in compliance with the strict standards and regulations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other federal and state authorities. Smithfield Foods does not import any products from China to the U.S. Other overseas brands have also rolled out similar items in China. No Smithfield products come from animals raised, processed, or packaged in China. Jenna Wollin, a spokeswoman for Smithfield Foods, told The Associated Press in an email that the claims circulating online were false. The meme reads: This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing: Other posts, like this one from Karyn L Shirley, which published on April 4, 2020, include warnings about "FOOD FROM CHINA." All our U.S. products are made in one of our nearly 50 facilities across America. These products are produced in compliance with the strict standards and regulations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other federal and state authorities.” No Smithfield products come from animals raised, processed, or packaged in China. Here's how the post begins: FOOD FROM CHINA....... Smithfield Farms, the largest pork producing farm in the USA, was sold in September to China with the unanimous support of its stockholders! Well, for starters Chinese-processed chicken will be allowed to skip the ‘Product of China’ label in several instances because the country of origin labeling law, or “COOL,” does not regulate cooked meat — and at least for now, the U.S. does not import raw chicken raised and/or slaughtered in China. Virginia-based Smithfield … Smithfield has not, does not, and will not import any products from China to the United States. However, a spokeswoman for Smithfield said none of the products come from animals raised, processed or packaged in China. Here's what the site says: WH Group is a publicly traded company with shareholders around the world. Lead Stories is a fact checking website that is always looking for the latest false, deceptive or Learn more about the alliance here. The false claim has been circulating online since 2014. The pork-processing giant was in the news recently, when a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, processing plant -- one of the Smithfield's biggest -- had to close down because coronavirus was spreading among workers. No, that's not true: This is an old rumor that's resurfaced and prompted calls for boycotts, only to be slapped down -- once again -- by the company itself. Here’s more information on Facebook’s fact-checking program: https://www.facebook.com/help/1952307158131536, Connect with the definitive source for global and local news.