According to one Missouri newspaper, there are a number of legal obstacles facing Premium Standard Farms:

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  • Premium Standard Farms has been ordered to pay $900,000 jointly with Smithfield foods for failing to meet a required pre-merger waiting period when Smithfield acquired the pork producer in 2007.
  • A consent judgment requires Premium Standard Farms to address alleged violations of environmental regulations by updating its facilities.
  • A group of Missourians have initiated a lawsuit against the pork producer over smells associated with one of its farms.