March 23, 2006 |
A Kansas meatpacker has sparked an industry fight by proposing testing all the company's cattle for mad cow disease. Creekstone Farms wants to look for the disease in every animal it processes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has said no. Creekstone says it intends to sue the department. "Our customers, particularly our Asian customers, have requested it over and over again," Chief Executive John Stewart said Wednesday.
February 23, 2006 |
Eight workers at a Lincoln meatpacking plant stepped forward to claim the biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history: $365 million. The seven men and one woman pooled their money and bought the winning Powerball ticket at a convenience store near the ConAgra Foods Inc. ham processing plant where they worked. Three of the winners are immigrants -- two from Vietnam and one from the Republic of Congo. "This is great country!" said Quang Dao, 56, who came to the United States in 1988.
July 17, 2005
Re "A law that means business," Opinion, July 12 Tamar Jacoby claims that the meatpacking industry in the Midwest would have collapsed without an influx of illegal alien workers. Meat processing was a well-paid unionized craft until the 1980s, when big corporations were allowed to bust the unions and fill their plants with illegal immigrants. Wages in the industry fell by roughly 50% in real dollars during the 1980s. Today, a meatpacker makes roughly $10 an hour, which is the same wage paid in 1980!
October 29, 2004 |
Mary Nash lives in a two-story, 100-year-old house about 45 miles southeast of the Dallas suburb where the Breeders' Cup -- the richest card in horse racing -- will be run in front of a crowd of 51,000 on Saturday. Nash also lives less than a mile from Dallas Crown Inc., a Belgian-owned slaughterhouse that kills about 15,000 horses a year and exports their meat to Europe. In France, "cheval" is frequently found on restaurant menus.
July 3, 2004 |
A worker at a meatpacking plant killed four people and wounded three others Friday afternoon before committing suicide, police said. Deputy Police Chief Sam Breshears said five people were killed in the shooting at the ConAgra Foods Inc. plant in Kansas City, Kan. Police earlier had given different totals of those killed, ranging from four to seven. The three people wounded were being treated at The University of Kansas Hospital, spokesman Bob Hallinan said.
April 20, 2004 |
Creekstone Farms is a little slaughterhouse in Kansas with an idea that would have had Adam Smith's mouth watering. Faced with consumers who remain skittish over mad cow disease -- especially in Japan -- Creekstone decided that all its beef would be tested for mad cow, a radical departure from the random testing done by other companies. It was a case study in free-market meatpacking entrepreneurship.
February 15, 2004 |
Citing troubles due to the discovery of mad cow disease in Washington state, Swift & Co. said Friday that it would suspend its second shift next week at two meatpacking plants. A total of 2,100 employees will be affected at the plants in Grand Island and Greeley, Colo., said Jim Herlihy, a spokesman for Swift, the nation's third-largest beef and pork processor. Herlihy said the suspension would begin Monday, and employees would return to work Feb. 23.
November 16, 2003 |
For Lloyd Manning, the owner of the last beef-packing plant in Los Angeles County, absolutely no part of a cow is sacred. "If I could sell the moo, I'd do it," said the tall, big-boned president of E.B. Manning & Son Inc., sitting in the office of his family's custom meatpacking house in Pico Rivera. Don't think he hasn't tried. A few years ago, he tape- recorded bawling Holstein steers as they entered his small corral and called Walt Disney Co.
April 29, 2003 |
Chained upside down by their hooves, blood spurting from the jugular, the hogs were supposed to be dead, or at least unconscious, as the conveyor belt rolled them along to be gutted. Now and then, though, one would rear back and strain to right itself. No one made much fuss. The animals would be sliced for sausage within minutes. If a few left the kill floor still aware, still kicking -- well, that was how slaughterhouses operated.