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• ConAgra is a multinational food giant with a wide range of packaged food products.
• ConAgra was found guilty of health code violations and bacterial contaminations at its food processing facilities, which have endangered consumers and in some cases been linked to deaths.
• ConAgra has had significant problems in regards to factory farming, consumer health and safety, and genetic engineering.
• Urge ConAgra to work towards GMO transparency and look for organic and green options using Go Green.
-- Profile Updated 06/30/2010
About ConAgra Foods
ConAgra’s wide range of products fills Americans’ pantries, refrigerators, and freezers. The Omaha, Nebraska-based company owns popular brands such as Hunt's, Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice, Orville Redenbacher’s, Slim Jim, Jiffy Pop and Peter Pan peanut butter. In fiscal 2006, the company reported sales of approximately $11.5 billion and employeed 33,000 individuals.
Bairds Malt Ltd. - Witham, United Kingdom
- Butterball Turkey Co. - Carthage, MO
- Butterball Turkey Company - Downers Grove, IL
Butterball Turkey Company - Downers Grove, IL
- Canada Malting Co. Limited - Thunder Bay, Canada
- ConAgra Asia-Pacific - Singapore, Singapore
- ConAgra Company - Kasota, MN
- ConAgra Diversified Products Companies - Omaha, NE
- ConAgra Feed Co. - Augusta, GA
- ConAgra Feed Ingredient - Omaha, NE
- ConAgra Foods (Plant) - Huntsville, AR
- ConAgra Foods (Subsidiary) - South Holland, IL
- ConAgra Foods - Indianapolis, IN
- ConAgra Foods - Los Angeles, CA
- ConAgra Foods - Sidney, OH
- ConAgra Foods Canada, Inc. - Mississauga, Canada
- ConAgra Foods Frozen Foods Group - Omaha, NE
- ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston (Subsidiary) - Holly Ridge, NC
- ConAgra Foods Ltd. - Boisbriand, Canada
- ConAgra Foods Modesto - Modesto, CA
- Conagra Foods Omaha Dry Sausage - Omaha, NE
- ConAgra Foods Refrigerated Retail Products & Deli (Subsidiary) - Downers Grove, IL
- ConAgra Foods Seafood - Tampa, FL
- ConAgra Foods, Inc. (Subsidiary) - Downers Grove, IL
- ConAgra Foods, Inc. (Subsidiary) - Longmont, CO
- ConAgra Foods, Inc. (Subsidiary) - Rossville, IL
- ConAgra Foods, Inc. - Compton, CA
- ConAgra Foods, Inc. - Gilroy, CA
- ConAgra Foods, Inc. - Hebrew National Kosher Foods Division (Division) - Quincy, MI
- ConAgra Foods, Inc. - Minneapolis, MN
- ConAgra Frozen Foods (Operating Division) - Council Bluffs, IA
- ConAgra Grocery Foods Group - Irvine, CA
- ConAgra International Pte. Ltd. - Singapore, Singapore
- ConAgra Limited - Toronto, Canada
- ConAgra Nissui Inc. (Branch) - Tokyo, Japan
- ConAgra Prepared Food Companies - Omaha, NE
- ConAgra Refrigerated Foods Retail Products - Downers Grove, IL
- ConAgra Seafood Companies - Tampa, FL
- ConAgra Specialty Grain Products Co. - Omaha, NE
- ConAgra Store Brands (Subsidiary) - Lakeville, MN
- ConAgra Trading & Processing Companies - Omaha, NE
- ConAgra Trading Companies (CTC) - Omaha, NE
- Cook Family Foods, Ltd. (Subsidiary) - Lincoln, NE
- Country Select Company (Subsidiary) - Isola, MS
- Dartec Inc. (Subsidiary) - Evans, CO
- Gilroy Foods Group (Division) - Gilroy, CA
- Grain Flour Milling Co. (Subsidiary) - Omaha, NE
- Interstate Feeders Inc. - Malta, ID
- KBC Trading & Processing Company (Subsidiary) - Crows Landing, CA
- KBC Trading & Processing Company (Subsidiary) - Oakes, ND
- KBC Trading & Processing Company (Subsidiary) - Twin Falls, ID
- KBC Trading & Processing Company - Kerman, CA
- Klein Brothers Ltd., Snack & Packaged Nut Div. (Subsidiary) - Stockton, CA
- Lamb Weston Division Conagra Limited - Taber, Canada
- Lamb-Weston - Eagle, ID
- Lamb-Weston, Inc. - Eagle, ID
- Lightlife Foods (Subsidiary) - Turners Falls, MA
- Louis Kemp Seafood Company - Downers Grove, IL
- Lovette Company Inc. (Division) - North Wilkesboro, NC
- Molinas de Puerto Rico - San Juan, PR
- National Foods Inc. (Subsidiary) - Jericho, NY
- Peavey Co. - Ladoga, IN
- Peter Pan Foods Co. - Irvine, CA
- Siegra - Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Singleton Seafood Co. (Operating Division) - Tampa, FL
- Swift & Company - Greeley, CO
- Swift & Company - Worthington, MN
- Swift & Company, E.A. Miller Inc. - Hyrum, UT
- Swissrose International, Inc. - Moonachie, NJ
- Transbas Inc. - Billings, MT
- Tri-River Chemical Company - Pasco, WA
- UHS - Tampa, FL
- Vogel Popcorn Company (Subsidiary) - Hamburg, IA
Contact ConAgra Foods
Omaha, NE 68102-5001 USA
Ethics and Governance
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) found that turkeys were routinely abused in the Butterball turkey slaughterhouse, located in Ozard, Arkansas. PETA’s two undercover investigators, who worked over 40 days, caught Butterball workers on videotape “punching, stomping on, sexually assaulting, and otherwise tormenting turkeys.” After playing the footage to the US Department of Agriculture and American Meat Institute, slaughterhouse consultant Dr. Temple Grandin stated, “This plant has both severe animal welfare problems and a lack of management that needs correcting.” ConAgra Foods spokesman Christopher Kircher, reaffirmed ConAgra’s commitment to humane practices and responded that the company’s focus is to “get to the bottom of these allegations.”
-- PETA, 09/21/2006
Source URL: www.peta.org/mc/NewsItem.asp?id=9021
Under pressure from investors former chairman and CEO of ConAgra, Bruce C. Rohde, resigned from his position in September 2005. Rohde earned more than $45 million in his eight years as CEO, plus a $20 million retirement package despite overseeing a 28 percent decline in company stock and the laying off of 9,000 workers.
-- New York Times, 04/09/2006
Source URL: none available
In 2006, CEO Gary M. Rodkin Gary M. Rodkin earned $9,573,444 in total compensation. That is equivalent to earning $184,104 per week.
-- AFL-CIO, 04/05/2006
ConAgra was one of the several major food companies implicated as conspiring to cover up a massive accounting scandal at U.S. Foodservice (owned by Royal Ahold). Between 2000 and 2003 U.S. Foodservice inflated earnings by $800 million, aided by falsified rebate contracts from clients such as ConAgra and Sara Lee.
-- Washington Post, 07/28/2004
Health and Safety
The Food and Drug Administration researchers published studies showing how the chemicals used in microwave popcorn bags, known as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), can cause cancer. It is estimated that microwave popcorn accounts for about 20 percent of the average PFOA levels in Americans. As scientist Glen Evers explained, "Even before we cook the popcorn, the butter is already contaminated with a paper flurochemical that will be absorbed into your blood and stay in your blood for a long, long time." ConAgra's products, Orville Redenbacher in particular, are produced using this chemical.
-- Washington Post, 06/01/2006
ConAgra continues to offer food products containing genetically modified ingredients including a line specifically marketed for children called Kid Cuisine. The company also donated $71,100 to defeat Oregon’s initiative requiring the labeling of GMOs.
-- Statesman Journal, 10/22/2002
Source URL: none available
In July 2002, ConAgra Foods recalled nearly 19 million pounds of ground beef from its Greeley, Colorado, processing plant. At least 28 people in seven states fell ill after eating beef contaminated with E. coli. Many have criticized the USDA's handling of the recall. They say the USDA is responsible for the lax oversight of meat plants and inconsistent enforcement allowed the contamination to occur.
-- Organic Consumers Association, 09/04/2002
According to The New York Times, in 2001, operations at two ConAgra plants were halted by the US Department of Agriculture because of health violations. The company was threatened with shut downs at least six times. Another ConAgra facilitiy had the highest rate of salmonella among all the turkey processors tested by the Department during 2001. The Greeley, Colorado plant had been cited almost 10 times from 1999 to 2002 for violating worker safety codes.
-- New York Times, 07/20/2002
Source URL: none available
In May 2003, ConAgra and its subsidiary Gilroy Foods agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle charges of hiring discrimination brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The charges involve a July 1999, Teamsters strike of 750 workers at an 800-worker plant in King City, then owned by Basic Vegetable Products LP. The plant was purchased in November 2000 by ConAgra.
In August 2001, the company successfully negotiated with the union to end the two-year strike with a new contract that would recall workers based on seniority.
However, the recall process excluded people who were on leave at the time of the purchase including those out due to work injury or pregnancy. Others were denied jobs due to a history of previous injury or illness, even though they had been doing the work for years and had no restrictions against returning to work, according to the EEOC. Most of the 39 workers who were excluded from the recall process had been working at the plant processing for 10 to 20 years, some even longer. According to the EEOC, the excluded workers were primarily Hispanic and female.
-- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), 05/20/2003
Source URL: www.eeoc.gov/press/5-20-03.html
A line supervisor at an Arkansas poultry processing plant sued ConAgra after being fired for a fight with a fellow manager. George Williams, a 53-year-old African-American, stated he had been fired due to his race (the other manager was not punished). He was awarded $14 million.
-- Law.com, 02/26/2003
Source URL: www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1045793330419
ConAgra scored a six out of 100 in "The Climate Counts Company Scorecard Report." The report judged companies on their commitment to reversing climate change. The creation, manufacturing, and transportation of goods greatly contribute to pollution.
-- Climate Counts, 06/18/2007
A 2006 CERES report titled "Corporate Governance and Climate Change: Making the Connection," commissioned by Investor Responsibility Resource Center, details a comprehensive measurement of how 100 leading global companies are responding to global warming. Through an evaluation of board oversight, management performance, public disclosure, emissions accounting, and strategic performance, to address climate change, the companies were evaluated on a 0 to 100 scale. ConAgra scored a total of 4 points.
-- CERES, 03/01/2006