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Smithfield Foods' Michael D. Flemming Appointed to Virginia State University Board

SMITHFIELD, Va., June 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Michael D. Flemming, vice president and corporate general counsel for Smithfield Foods., Inc., has been appointed to the board of visitors for Virginia State University (VSU) by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Flemming, of Alexandria, will serve a four-year term on the VSU board. Flemming joined Smithfield Foods in 2005 after 20 years as a partner in the law firm of McGuireWoods LLP. Flemming earned a bachelor's degree from Davidson College and law degree from the Georgetown University Law School.

Virginia State University, founded in 1882, is one of Virginia's two land-grant institutions, and is located south of Richmond in the village of Ettrick.

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Farmland®, Armour®, Cook's®, John Morrell®, Gwaltney®, Nathan's Famous®, Kretschmar®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Carando® and Healthy Ones®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com and www.smithfieldcommitments.com.

CONTACT: Kathleen Kirkham Smithfield Foods, Inc. (757) 365-1965 kathleenkirkham@smithfieldfoods.com

Source:Smithfield Foods, Inc.