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  Smithfield ham & biscuits
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A 1926 statute by the Virginia General Assembly defined a Smithfield ham this way: "Genuine Smithfield hams are those cut from the carcasses of peanut-fed hogs, raised in the peanut belt of the Commonwealth of Virginia or the state of North Carolina, and which are cured, treated, smoked, and processed in the town of Smithfield, Commonwealth of Virginia." Evidently, there were a lot of folks back then passing off lesser hams as Smithfield hams. It is said that Queen Victoria loved Smithfield ham so much (preferring it over her native York ham) that she was a regular customer of the Smithfield company.

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  • Updated Jan 18, 2004
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