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Senators Want Smithfield Deal Review
Thu Jun 20, 2013 05:24 PM CDT

(Dow Jones) -- A group of U.S. senators, citing concerns about food safety, has asked that the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration be allowed to participate in Washington's review of Smithfield Food Inc.'s sale to China's Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd.

In a letter dated Thursday, the senators stopped short of opposing the Smithfield deal. Valued at $4.7 billion, the acquisition would be the biggest-ever purchase of a U.S. company by a Chinese one.

The Smithfield sale is subject to review by a committee of U.S. agencies that examines the impact of certain international deals on national ...

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