The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., announced March 28 a donation of $50,000 to the Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education, a non-profit research, education, and information foundation established to identify strategies that enable the meat and poultry industry to produce better, safer products, and to operate more efficiently.

“We are so pleased that Smithfield Foods has, once again, decided to generously support our core research values to enable the meat and poultry industry to produce the highest quality and safest products possible,” said Susan Backus, president, Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education. “With cooperative support from our industry partners like Smithfield, we will continue to conduct valuable research to improve our nation’s meat and poultry supply.”

The Foundation’s Research Advisory Committee has identified several key research priorities for 2019. These priorities include projects that address food safety, product quality, animal welfare and worker safety, among others. All research findings from current and prior years are available online at


“The Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education and Smithfield Foods share a common goal of providing safe and high-quality products for customers,” said Keira Lombardo, executive vice president of corporate affairs and compliance for Smithfield Foods and president of the Smithfield Foundation. “We are happy to collaborate with the Foundation and help further their important research initiatives, enabling us to fulfill our mission to produce ‘Good food. Responsibly®.’”