Top Stories for Dec. 12
Three U.S. importers of Irish pork issue recalls
Rupari Food Services of
Tommy Moloney's Inc., a Long Island City, N.Y. company, is recalling about 4,041 pounds of fresh pork products. The products are eight-ounce packages of "Tommy Moloney's Traditional Irish Breakfast Bacon, Made from imported Irish Pork." The label bears the establishment number "EST. 33789" inside the
Dawn International of Action,
The pork products were produced in
The recalls are the latest in a global recall of Irish pork products after tests found dioxins, considered carcinogens, in some pork at Irish processors. Irish and European Union scientists have said that the levels of contamination don’t pose immediate health risks to consumers.
Source: Food Safety and Inspection Service
Smithfield workers vote for union at Tar Heel plant
TAR HEEL, N.C. – Smithfield Packing Co. and the United Food and Commercial Workers International (UFCW) late Thursday announced that workers at the company’s Tar Heel, N.C. pork slaughtering plant voted to join the union.
The voting results came after a long dispute between the union and the company on organizing workers at the plant, the world’s largest slaughtering facility.
Workers voted 52 percent to 48 percent to join the union in a secret-ballot election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
"From the beginning, our goal was to give employees the opportunity to vote on this issue in a fair, secret-ballot election. This has now been accomplished, and we will abide by the results of the election. We respect the decision and look forward to working with the union to negotiate a fair labor contract for our employees," said Tim Schellpeper, president of Smithfield Packing.
UFCW leaders said they were looking forward to negotiating contracts with the company, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc.
“The UFCW has constructive union contracts with
Sources: Smithfield Packing Co., United Food and Commercial Workers International
Pilgrim's Pride loses almost $1 billion in fiscal 2008
The company reportedly said in a filing with the SEC on Thursday that it posted a loss of $998.6 million in the fiscal year ending Sept. 27. That compared to earnings of $47 million for the year before. This was despite sales rising 13.7 percent to $8.53 billion, from $7.5 billion last year.
The results included a loss on discontinued operations. The company took a charge in the fourth quarter of $501.4 million, mostly related to the declining value of Gold Kist Inc., which Pilgrim's Pride acquired in 2007.
The company also posted an income tax valuation allowance of $35 million against its net operating losses. Pilgrim’s Pride posted a loss of $155.7 million on feed ingredient derivative contracts.
Pilgrim’s Pride filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at the beginning of December.
Source: Associated Press
CKE reports net income drop for fiscal 3Q
The company said that blended company-operated same-store sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2009 increased 0.9 percent. Same-store sales increased 0.5 percent and 1.3 percent at Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s company-operated restaurants, respectively.
Andrew F. Puzder, CKE president and chief executive officer, said that the decrease in net income and diluted earnings per share is in part attributable to the impact of refranchising 118 Hardee’s restaurants over the past year and a $3.1 million increase in interest expense resulting from higher mark-to-market adjustments related to interest rate swap agreements.
The company also said that consolidated restaurant operating costs increased to 82.1 percent of company-operated restaurants revenue. Occupancy and other costs increased, primarily due to higher utility costs and depreciation expense increases mainly related to a remodel program at both brands.
Source: CKE Restaurants Inc.
Deadline nears for Listeria workshop
The workshop will be held at The Allerton Hotel in
For more information on the workshop, go to the Events/Education section of http://www.meatami.com/.
Source: American Meat Institute