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August 21, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Irvine-based fast-food chain In-N-Out severed ties with a Central California slaughterhouse after learning that the facility is being investigated for potentially inhumane treatment of cows. In-N-Out executives said they cut off their supplier agreement with Central Valley Meat Co. on Sunday night, immediately after hearing accusations that animals at the plant were being shocked, shot and pulled to slaughter stations despite often being unable to stand or walk. The U.S. Department of Agriculture  shut the Hanford site Monday after viewing a video from animal rights advocacy group Compassion Over Killing.
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BUSINESS
April 9, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A top Toyota executive said the automaker's U.S. operations were prepared to deal with the effects of a possible bankruptcy filing by rival General Motors Corp. Jim Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales USA, said the company's U.S. factories shared about two-thirds of their 500 major auto-parts suppliers with Detroit's Big Three automakers. Of that group, about 10 are in "critical need" of cash. GM has recently said it may file for bankruptcy protection as part of its restructuring plan.
BUSINESS
July 12, 1990 | Associated Press
Investigators are looking into allegations that New York Telephone suppliers helped pay for bawdy parties and prostitutes at annual conventions of company employees, it was reported today. State regulators are questioning whether the meetings at Florida resorts resulted in higher costs being paid by customers, The Wall Street Journal said. The meetings, held for one week each year from 1984 through '88, allegedly involved improper contact between employees of Materiel Enterprises Co.
NEWS
February 20, 1990
Relatives of 13 people killed and 32 injured in the collapse of a department store will share a $33.1-million out-of-court settlement. The three-floor Amigo Store collapsed during a thunderstorm on July 7, 1988. A 14th person was killed, but relatives did not sue. The settlement came from the store, the city of Brownsville and several construction companies and materials suppliers.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2012 | By Pat Benson
McDonald's Corp. says it wants its pork suppliers to start treating pregnant pigs better. The fast-food giant said Monday that it is requiring suppliers to provide plans by May to phase out stalls like the one in the photo above that restrict the movement of pregnant pigs. It made the announcement in a joint statement with the Humane Society of the United States. "There are alternatives that we think are better for sows," said Dan Gorsky, senior vice president of the company's North America Supply Chain Management.
BUSINESS
March 15, 2008 | From Reuters
Nike Inc. said it found falsified documents, underage workers and unpaid wages at suppliers in China, despite what experts say is one of the top social compliance regimes in the industry. The Beaverton, Ore.-based company's difficulties highlight the deep roots of some of the problems businesses face in manufacturing in China, particularly at a time of sharply rising costs and a stiffening legal environment. In its first country-specific supply chain report, which it said focused on China because of the upcoming Beijing Olympics, Nike detailed the efforts it has been making to get suppliers to comply with its code of conduct and Chinese law, including a program to monitor Olympics-related suppliers.
BUSINESS
November 16, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Ikea Group, the Swedish company known for low-cost furniture and home goods, admitted and apologized for contracting with East German suppliers that used forced labor to manufacture the firm's products more than two decades ago. A report commissioned by Ikea from Ernst & Young showed that the company worked with suppliers in the communist German Democratic Republic some 25 to 30 years ago. Those suppliers used prisoners -- including political dissidents...
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