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· USDA threatens action on Cargill slaughter operation
... A letter the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent to the Cargill facility two days later states that an agency Food Safety and Inspection Service inspector witnessed an incident in which a skinny cow that appeared to be struggling to walk collapsed after entering a pen, and workers failed to take notice, herding into the pen several other cows that stepped on the struggling, downed cow...
· Cargill ramps up investment in Thailand
· Cargill investing $235 M in PH in next 2 years
USDA threatens action on Cargill slaughter operation
by David Castellon, The Business Journal (California)
November 28, 2018
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling for criminal charges to be filed against the operators and some employees of a Fresno beef slaughterhouse for inhumane treatment of livestock.
The action stems from a Nov. 7 incident at the Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. slaughterhouse in Fresno.
A letter the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent to the Cargill facility two days later states that an agency Food Safety and Inspection Service inspector witnessed an incident in which a skinny cow that appeared to be struggling to walk collapsed after entering a pen, and workers failed to take notice, herding into the pen several other cows that stepped on the struggling, downed cow.
It goes on to say the federal inspector “immediately began to wave arms and yell loudly at these two plant employees to tell them what had occurred, but the employees did not notice … and kept talking to each other and walking” while an estimated ten to 15 cattle walked on the fallen cow, which was blinking and kicking in its attempts to move, the USDA letter states.
Once the cows were penned, the workers noticed the fallen cow and attempted to help up the cow by hand. Failing that, the letter continues, “The employees used the electric prod once on the lumbar area, which brought the cow to stand up.”
It goes on to state, “This is an egregious act of inhumane handling of animals in connection with slaughter,” and an apparent violation of federal law regarding the humane treatment of livestock prior to slaughter.
As such, the USDA threatened to pull its FSIS inspectors from the Cargill plant, which essentially would force the facility shut down its slaughter operations.
That didn’t happen. Instead on Nov. 14 the USDA issued a letter deferring regulatory action against the company after Cargill officials provided a plan to prevent such incidents going forward, which included the two herders be pulled from working with live animals pending the outcome of an internal investigation of their actions; closing the cow pen where the incident occurred to repair an uneven portion of the concrete floor that could trip up animals; reeducating workers on proper ways to handle and monitor livestock; allowing a third-party audit of employees who handle livestock; and monitoring the effectiveness of these actions.
But while USDA isn’t punishing Cargill, at least for now, PETA officials want the Fresno District Attorney’s Office to take action under California law.
“These disturbing revelations show some of the pain and fear that this cow endured in her final moments at Cargill Meat Solutions,” states an email from PETA, citing a statement by the organization’s senior vice president, Daphna Nachminovitch...
Cargill ramps up investment in Thailand
By Eric Schroeder, World-Grain.com
BANGKOK, THAILAND — Cargill has announced plans to upgrade and refurbish an aquafeed production plant located in Petchaburi, Thailand, part of a planned $70 million in investments set to take place over the next two years to address the increase in global demand for seafood and poultry.
In addition to upgrading the plant, Cargill said it will infuse additional funds into the Technology Application Center for research and development for the aquaculture industry and expand its cooked poultry facility in Nakornratchasima, in Northeastern Thailand.
“These planned investments demonstrate our commitment to the communities and people of Thailand,” said David MacLennan, chairman and chief executive officer of Cargill...
Cargill investing $235 M in PH in next 2 years
By Madelaine B. Miraflor, Manila Bulletin
November 28, 2018
US-based food and agriculture multinational, Cargill, is set to invest as much as P13 billion for its operations in the Philippines as the company zeroes in on Southeast Asia and China as potential areas for expansion.
Cargill started doing business in the Philippines in 1948 when its vegetable oil division started buying local copra for export to the United States. It was Cargill’s first office in Asia.
Yesterday, as the company celebrates 70th year in the country, Cargill Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dave MacLennan said the firm will invest US$235 million, or P12.5 billion, to grow its business in the country over the next two years.
Without giving specific details, MacLennan said the investment will boost the company’s four core businesses here in the Philippines including animal nutrition, poultry, grain and oilseeds, and food and beverage ingredients.
As for animal nutrition, Cargill is currently the leading animal nutrition supplier in the Philippines, offering swine, poultry and aqua feeds, along with the premix solutions. It also owns and operates four feed mills located in Villasis in Pangasinan, Baliuag and Pulilan in Bulacan and Villanueva in Misamis Oriental.
Cargill is also in partnership with Jollibee Foods Corporation for the local processing of chicken. Through their joint venture firm, Cargill Joy Poultry Meats Production, they run a poultry processing facility in Santo Tomas, Batangas.
The firm also supplies grain and meal, serving a variety of customers in both the food and feed industries. Right now, it owns and operates a copra crushing plant in General Santos City, producing crude coconut oil and copra meal for domestic and export markets.
Cargill also operates several copra buying stations in the country to help coconut farmers gain greater access to global markets...