Critics uneasy as federal meat inspectors face work overload
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — At eight months pregnant, government food inspector Rosalie Arriaga was scheduled in March 2018 to handle twice her normal workload at the meat processing plants she was...
Cattle producers concerned about effects from Tyson fire
HOLCOMB, Kan. (AP) — A fire which indefinitely closed a Tyson meat processing plant in Holcomb could disrupt already strained processing operations, sparking fears from cattle producers who braced...
Processing plant fire near Holcomb keeps firefighters busy
HOLCOMB, Kan. (AP) — Firefighters are battling a large meat processing plant near Holcomb.
Wichita television station KSNW reports that no injuries have been reported in the fire that began...
JBS a big winner in USDA trade war relief contracts
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A Brazilian-owned meat processing company undercut its competition by more than $1 per pound to win nearly $78 million in pork contracts through a federal program launched...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two Native American tribes in Oklahoma are planning to build a meat processing plant in an effort to take a more active role in bringing the nations' bison herd to the...
South Dakota trio launches meat processing plant
FREEMAN, S.D. (AP) — From the Schmeckfest bratwurst to the South Dakota Chislic Festival, mouth-watering meat draws great crowds to the Freeman community.
3 juveniles arrested in Chino Valley burglaries
CHINO VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Chino Valley police say three juveniles have been arrested for two separate burglaries.
Lt. Randy Chapman said Wednesday that the arrest of a boy for stealing a large safe, cash and packaged meat from a meat processing facility led to two suspects in another burglary.
The boy admitted to Yavapai County sheriff's deputies who were investigating a fight at his Paulden home to burglarizing the plant on Dec. 13. An 18-year-old man was also arrested as an accomplice.
JBS employees agree to contract extension, pay increase
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of workers at a Greeley-based meat processing company have ratified a contract extension that will include annual pay raises and continued health coverage.
The Greeley Tribune reports the current agreement for workers at JBS USA, which was negotiated in 2015, expires in July. The extension will allow employees to retain their current benefits through July 2021.
EPA settles Clean Air Act violations with Cloverdale Foods
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — The federal Environmental Protection Agency says Cloverdale Foods has agreed to pay a $72,530 fine for Clean Air Act violations at its Mandan meat processing plant.
The EPA says violations had to do with deficiencies in chemical risk management. The plant processes large amounts of hazardous anhydrous ammonia.
Long-closed meat plant gets new life with new owner
CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) — A long-closed meat processing plant in northwest Iowa has been sold, and its new owners hope to start production in January.
Cherokee County economic development director Bill Anderson says Iowa Food Group hopes to hire 100 people initially and then increase that to 500 workers as the business grows. County records say Iowa Food Group paid $2.35 million for the Cherokee plant.
Cargill says 25K pounds of ground beef may be tainted
DENVER (AP) — U.S. agricultural officials say Fort Morgan, Colorado-based Cargill Meat Solutions is recalling nearly 25,300 pounds (11,400 kilograms) of ground beef that might be contaminated with E. coli.
Lab-grown meat could be in restaurants in 3 years
BERLIN (AP) — A Dutch company that presented the world's first lab-grown beef burger five years ago said Tuesday it has received funding to pursue its plans to make and sell artificially grown meat to restaurants from 2021.
Mosa Meat said it raised 7.5 million euros ($8.8 million), mainly from M Ventures and Bell Food Group. M Ventures is an investment vehicle for German pharmaceuticals company Merck KGaA. Bell Food is a European meat processing company based in Switzerland.
Smithfield permitted for $12 million expansion
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — One of Sioux Falls' largest employers is getting bigger.
Smithfield Foods has received a city permit to build a $12.5 million holding barn addition at its meat processing plant. The Argus Leader says Smithfield received a permit in May for a holding barn addition totaling $2 million.
Over 100 arrested in immigration raid at meatpacking plant
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — More than 100 workers were arrested at an Ohio meatpacking plant by federal agents following a yearlong immigration investigation, the second large raid in the state in the past two weeks.
The investigation focused on whether the company knowingly hired people who are in the country illegally and used fake identities belonging to U.S. citizens to get their jobs, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.
Sessions: No tears over Tennessee immigration raid
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's top law enforcement officer said Tuesday that he's "not shedding tears" over an immigration raid at a Tennessee meat processing plant where 97 workers were arrested.
Immigration raid takes 97 into custody at Tennessee plant
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal immigration raid that took 97 people into custody at a Tennessee meat processing plant may be the biggest employment crackdown under President Donald Trump's administration, civil rights activists said Friday.
Eleven people were arrested on criminal charges and 86 were detained for being in the country illegally, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Tammy Spicer said in a statement Friday.
Special interest groups win big under new spending bill
Republicans and Democrats sparred over which party emerged victorious from the $1.3 trillion spending bill fight, but the real winners are thousands of interest groups including wealthy foreign investors, striped bass fishing enthusiasts and cranberry researchers to whom the bill doles out some serious assistance.
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Students stuff a need and learn for a career
Lunch had just begun at Centerville High School, making it an ideal time to drop off a cooler full of deer and pork meat. Steve Nugent’s students had cleared out of the school’s meat processing lab to eat, and they’d be gone for another 30 minutes. After that, things would get busy.
At the school, students process around 450 deer a year, along with the meats of every other kind of animal local hunters bring in.
Carl Buddig to open new facility outside Chicago this spring
MONTGOMERY, Ill. (AP) — Carl Buddig & Co. says it has purchased the former Butterball facility in Montgomery outside Chicago that has been vacant since July.
Worker caught in waste grinder at meat processing plant dies
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a worker caught in a machine at a meat processing plant in Ohio has died.
The Repository reports the Stark County Coroner's Office has identified the worker killed Saturday afternoon at the Fresh Mark plant in Canton as 62-year-old Samuel Martinez. Authorities say the Guatemalan national died at the scene.
Friesen Foods wants to build slaughterhouse near Great Falls
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian company wants to build what would be Montana's largest slaughterhouse and meat processing plant on the outskirts of Great Falls.
UW-Madison butcher shop expands its hours
A butcher shop on the UW-Madison campus is expanding its retail hours.
Bucky’s Butchery, located in the UW Meat Science and Muscle Biology Laboratory, 1805 Linden Drive, is now open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays in addition to its regular hours on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Quapaw Tribe to open $5 million meat processing plant
QUAPAW, Okla. (AP) — The Quapaw Tribe plans an opening ceremony this week as it debuts its new, $5 million meat processing plant in northeastern Oklahoma. The tribe says the facility is the first USDA-inspected processing plant on a reservation that's owned and operated by a tribe.
The beef and bison processing plant is in Quapaw, about 185 miles (297 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City. The tribe plans a grand opening event Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel has voted to lift a ban on slaughtering horses at meat processing plants.
The move by the House Appropriations Committee would reverse a horse slaughter ban that was contained in a huge catchall spending bill signed into law by President Trump in early May.
A move to renew the slaughter ban, pushed by California Democrat Lucille Roybal-Allard, was defeated by a 27-25 vote.
Farmers dismayed that USDA delays fair practice rule
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A rule designed to protect the legal rights of farmers who grow chickens and hogs for the nation's largest meat processing corporations, was delayed Wednesday by President Donald Trump's administration, halting by at least six months an initiative rolled out by President Barack Obama in his final days in office.
Cargill to dedicate expanded meat processing plant; workforce there will nearly double by year’s end
State officials including Gov. Pete Ricketts will join Cargill executives in Columbus next week to dedicate the company’s remodeled meat processing plant.
Cargill spent $111 million to expand the plant by 50 percent, converting it from a fresh ground beef plant to a cooked meats operation making food like cooked ground beef, sausage and hot dogs.
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Montana ranchers worry their sales will take a hit after contaminated Brazilian beef incident
A rotten meat scandal in Brazil has Montana ranchers cowed about U.S. beef sales taking a hit.
Brazil shuttered three meat processing plants last week and suspended three dozen government employees for allegedly looking the other way as rotten beef was moved for sale. Brazil is one of the largest beef producers in the world. One of the packing plant owners, JBS Sao Palo, also has packing plants in the United States. JBS is the second largest meatpacker in the U.S.
Texas judge puts poison plan for feral hogs on hold
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas state District Court Judge has put a hold on a Texas Department of Agriculture rule change that would allow the use of a poison to help curtail the state's estimated 2.5 million feral hogs.
Fire starts overnight at NC meat plant, crews battle flames for hours
Firefighters from multiple departments battled heavy flames late Saturday night at a large meat processing plant in Duplin County.
Around 11:30 p.m., crews responded to a fire at the House of Raeford Farms plant located at 253 Butterball Road in Teachey.
The building, called the "Wallace Plant," was not in operation at the time of the fire, officials say.
Global market project planned for former Omaha stockyards
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A long-shuttered meat processing and cold storage facility in the heart of the former Omaha Stockyards will see new life as a center for area small businesses, startups and community activities.
The first phase of the construction for the Las Americas Global Market project is expected to start in the spring. The entire project could take four or five years to complete, according to the Omaha World-Herald (http://bit.ly/2f8Eq9W ).
Grizzly captured near Columbia Falls, moved to Glacier Park
COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. (AP) — An adult grizzly bear and her cub have been released into Glacier National Park after being captured near Columbia Falls.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks bear managers say the bears had been seen feeding on apples during the previous two weeks along the base of the Swan Mountains and were ultimately removed from a meat processing plant last weekend.
The bears had been eating meat craps behind the meat processing plant.
Branstad plans trade mission to China and Japan in November
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he's planning a trade mission to China and Japan in November that will focus on Iowa's beef and pork exports.
Branstad said Monday a delegation that includes Iowa business representatives will depart Nov. 11 and return Nov. 18. Stops will include Beijing and Tokyo.
Meat processing plant fined after worker loses fingertip
BAKERHILL, Ala. (AP) — A meat processing plant in Bakerhill has been fined more than $70,000 following an investigation after a worker lost his fingertip.
Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/2bT79B4) the Keystone Food plant is facing about $76,700 in proposed penalties following an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Cargill Partners with UFCW and Marathon Health to Provide Employees and Their Families with Health and Wellness Services
Cargill is opening an onsite health center for its employees
Friona, Texas (PRWEB) August 09, 2016
Cargill and the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW), today opened the company’s third near-site health center operated by Marathon Health.
Clinicians at the health center will provide accessible and affordable healthcare to UFCW members who work at Cargill’s meat processing plant in Friona. Their dependents will also be able to access healthcare...
Pet food company to take over vacant West Point plant
WEST POINT — If all goes as planned, West Point’s year-long vacant meat processing plant will soon be operating again.
United Pet Products is taking over the former Wimmers and Land O'Frost meat processing plant. The company will process specialty pet treats like dog bones, jerky and chews, along with some exotic pet treats such as venison and wild goat jerky.
Co-owners Art Naksgawa and Troy Becker, who are from California, were in West Point Saturday morning...
Valley Natural Foods will build organic meat processing plant in Northfield
Meat lovers will be able to buy organically-certified beef and other meat products from a new local source later this year.
Burnsville-based Valley Natural Foods announced last week it will open a new organic meat processing plant in Northfield to meet growing consumer demand in southern Minnesota.
The co-op will retrofit a building and invest $2 million to build the processing plant, which officials said will also meet the growing needs of organic livestock...