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Celebrity Chef Urged to End Partnership with Smithfield Foods

Activists upset about working conditions at a pork-processing plant will ask Paula Deen to end her partnership with Smithfield Foods.

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SMITHFIELD, N.C. — Activists upset about working conditions at the Smithfield plant in Tar Heel will protest Saturday in Charlotte at an event featuring celebrity chef Paula Deen.

The pork-processing plant has become a rallying point for labor groups looking to expand unions to the Southern manufacturing industry.

Protesters will call for Deen to end her partnership with Smithfield Foods.

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