The largest producer of Thanksgiving turkeys is being investigated by the American Justice Department for possible ties to Hezbollah, an Islamic terrorist organization based in Lebanon.
Seaboard is an international company which is the largest producer of Butterball turkeys in the United States, according to Fortune magazine. It is now being investigated by the Justice Department after allegations that the company has business relationships with senior figures blacklisted by the US government for financing the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.
Investigators are looking into a Seaboard milling subsidiary in Africa, which is working with a businessman named Kassim Tajideen who was blacklisted by the U.S. State Department in 2009 and 2010 for allegedly funneling tens of millions of dollars to Hezbollah.
Hezbollah is a Shiite terrorist organization based in southern Lebanon. Initially established to fight against Israel, it is currently embroiled in the Syrian civil war, where it is fighting on the side of embattled regime President Bashar al-Assad. Hezbollah and Assad are both supported by Iran. “Hezbollah gets its money and arms from Iran, as long as Iran has money, so does Hezbollah,” Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in June 2016.