Legal Terms & Conditions

This page states the Terms and Conditions under which you, the web site visitor, may use www.smithfieldfoods.com (the "Site"), which is owned by Smithfield Foods, Inc. ("Smithfield").

Please read this page carefully. By using this Site, you agree to be bound by all of the Terms and Conditions set forth below. If you do not accept these Terms and Conditions, please do not use this Site. Smithfield may, in its sole discretion, revise these Terms and Conditions at any time; therefore, you should visit this page periodically to review the Terms and Conditions.

Use of Site Material

The contents of this Site such as text, graphics, images and other content (the "Site Material") are protected by copyright under both United States and foreign laws. These Terms and Conditions do not grant you any license whatsoever to the Site Material except as described in this paragraph. Smithfield authorizes you to view and download a single copy of the Site Material for your noncommercial personal use. Unauthorized use of the Site Material violates copyright, trademark, and other laws. You agree to retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the original Site Material on any copy of such material. Except as expressly provided herein, you may not sell or modify our Site Material or reproduce, display, distribute or otherwise use the Site Material in any way for any public or commercial purpose. Use of the Site Material on any other website or in a networked environment is prohibited. Smithfield retains all intellectual property rights in the Site Material.

Trademarks

The names, marks and logos appearing on the Site are, unless otherwise noted, trademarks owned by or licensed to Smithfield or its affiliated companies. Your use of these marks, except as provided in these Terms and Conditions, is prohibited. From time to time, Smithfield makes fair use in this Site of trademarks owned and used by third parties. Smithfield makes no claim to ownership of those marks. Any trademarks made available for download from this Site may be used solely for noncommercial purposes to identify Smithfield and its affiliated companies and their respective products. Downloaded trademarks shall not be modified in any manner or used to disparage or otherwise cast in a negative light Smithfield, its affiliated companies, or their respective products, employees, officers, directors, or customers. Smithfield shall have the right to prohibit or restrict the use of any downloaded trademark at any time for any or no reason.     

User Submissions

Smithfield welcomes your comments on our Site. However, you acknowledge that if you send us creative suggestions, ideas, recipes, notes, drawings, concepts, inventions or other information, (collectively, the "Information"), the Information shall be deemed, and shall remain, Smithfield property. By submission of any Information to us, you assign to us and we shall own exclusively all rights to such Information of every kind and nature throughout the universe now known or hereafter existing. Smithfield shall be entitled to unrestricted use of the Information for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, without compensation to you or the provider of the Information.

As a user of this website, you are responsible for your own communications. Therefore, do not do any of the following things:

  • Transmit to us material that is copyrighted, unless you are the copyright owner or have the permission of the copyright owner;
  • Send material that reveals trade secrets, unless you own them or have the permission of the owner;
  • Send material that infringes on any other intellectual property rights of others or on the privacy or publicity rights of others;
  • Send material that is obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful or embarrassing to another user or any other person or entity;
  • intentionally or unintentionally violate or encourage conduct that would violate any local, state or federal law;
  • Send advertisements or solicitations of business;
  • Send chain letters or pyramid schemes; or
  • Impersonate another person.

Smithfield reserves the right to expel you and to prevent you further access to this Site for violating these Terms and Conditions terms or the law. The violation of any of these Terms and Conditions shall result in the immediate revocation of your right to access or use the Site or Site Material and obligates you to immediately destroy any copies of the Site Material, in your possession.

Cautionary Language Regarding Forward Looking Information

This Site may contain "forward-looking" information within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking information may include statements concerning the company's outlook for the future, as well as other statements of beliefs, future plans and strategies or anticipated events, and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Forward-looking information and statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the statements. These risks and uncertainties include availability and prices of livestock, raw materials and supplies, livestock costs, product pricing, the competitive environment and related market conditions, operating efficiencies, access to capital, the cost of compliance with environmental and health standards, adverse results from ongoing litigation and actions of domestic and foreign governments. Smithfield's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, may identify additional risks and uncertainties. These filings are available from the SEC.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Smithfield undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

Health Related Information

Information accessible on this Site is for information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Smithfield does not warrant the validity of any health-related statements contained on the Site or any such information contained in third--party sites referenced in the Site. You should always consult with your physician prior to changing or undertaking a new diet or exercise program. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the Site.

Credits

Photo images on www.smithfieldfoods.com and www.smithfieldfoods.com/home.asp are used under license from Corbis Corporation, Getty Images, Jupiterimages Corporation, Masterfile Corporation and Veer Incorporated.

Disclaimer

Postings are made at such times as the company determines in its discretion. Readers should not assume that the information contained on this site has been updated or otherwise contains current information. The company does not review past postings to determine whether they remain accurate, and information contained in such postings may have been superseded.

Limitation of Liability

SMITHFIELD DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE WEBSITE WILL OPERATE ERROR-FREE OR THAT THE SITE AND ITS SERVER ARE FREE OF COMPUTER VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL MATERIAL. IF YOUR USE OF THE SITE OR THE SITE MATERIAL RESULTS IN ANY COSTS OR EXPENSES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE NEED FOR SERVICING OR REPLACING EQUIPMENT OR DATA, SMITHFIELD SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE COSTS OR EXPENSES.

THIS WEBSITE AND ITS MATERIAL ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AT YOUR OWN RISK" BASIS WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. SMITHFIELD, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, NONINFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTIES RIGHTS AND THE WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE. ALTHOUGH SMITHFIELD STRIVES TO PROVIDE THOROUGH AND ACCURATE MATERIALS ON ITS SITE, WE MAKE NO WARRANTIES ABOUT THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, COMPLETENESS OR TIMELINESS OF THE MATERIAL, SERVICES, SOFTWARE, TEXT, GRAPHICS AND LINKS.

SMITHFIELD DOES NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTIES AS TO THE RESULT OR OUTCOME OF USING THE SITE OR PROPERLY FOLLOWING ANY INSTRUCTIONS, RECOMMENDATIONS, DIRECTIONS OR RECIPES CONTAINED IN THE SITE MATERIAL.

Disclaimer of Consequential Damages

IN NO EVENT SHALL SMITHFIELD, ITS AFFILIATES OR ANY THIRD PARTIES MENTIONED ON THE SITE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM LOST DATA OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) RESULTING FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE MATERIAL ON THIS SITE OR SITES LINKED TO THIS SITE, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT SMITHFIELD IS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

Links

This Site contains links to websites owned by third parties. These links are provided solely as a convenience to you and are not an endorsement by Smithfield of the contents on those other sites. Smithfield is not responsible for the content of any linked sites and makes no representations regarding the content or accuracy of materials on such sites. If you decide to visit any third-party sites using links from this Site, you do so at your own risk. Consult the Uniform Resources Locator ("URL") address identified in your browser to determine whether you have linked to a third-party Site.

Indemnity

By using this Site, you agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Smithfield, its officers, directors, employees and agents, from and against any and all losses, claims, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable legal and accounting fees) that Smithfield may become obligated to pay arising or resulting from your use of the Site Material or your breach of these Terms and Conditions. Smithfield reserves the right to assume or participate, at your expense, in the investigation, settlement and defense of any such action or claim.

Privacy

Please see Smithfield's Privacy Policy.

Miscellaneous

This website originates from [Smithfield, Virginia]. Smithfield does not claim that the Site Material is appropriate or may be used outside of the United States. Access to the Site Material may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If you access the Site from outside of the United States, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws of your jurisdiction.

These Terms and Conditions are governed by the substantive laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, without respect to its conflict of laws principles. You agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts situated in the Commonwealth of Virginia with respect to any dispute, disagreement or cause of action related to or involving this Site. If any provision is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms and Conditions, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any of these Terms and Conditions shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term. Except as expressly provided elsewhere in our Site, these Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and Smithfield with respect to your use of this Site.