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29 april 2009 - La Gloria, Mexico - Dead pigs lie in a state of decomposition in one of the wells that the company Granjas Carroll uses to put the remains of pigs. The waste emits a fetid odour. La Gloria, villlage in the southern Mexican state of Veracruz, where the new strain of swine flu was first detected. Local people have blamed the Flu on the pig waste which is spread into the air and water from nearby industrial pig farms, known as Granjas Carroll and owned by the Virginia-based multinational company Smithfield Foods. A Smithfield spokeswoman says the company has found no clinical signs or symptoms of the flu in its swine herd or its employees in Mexico. Residents of La Gloria say about half the town's residents work in Mexico City and could easily have spread the virus. Photo credit: Benedicte Desrus / Sipa Press