Menu Foods Announces More Layoffs At Emporia Plant

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The pet food recalls continue to affect Menu Foods as they announce another round of layoffs at the Emporia, Kansas plant.

An estimated 15 workers were laid off in late September at the Emporia plant, and it is uncertain how many employees were laid off in this second round.

In September, a Menu Foods spokesman said, “It is directly a result of consumer and market demand. It is tied to the recall. It’s not a reflection on the individual.”

Source: The Emporia Gazette

(Thanks menusux)

18 Responses to “Menu Foods Announces More Layoffs At Emporia Plant”

  1. Carol says:

    Consumer and market demand is directly the result of the pet food being tainted and the subsequent way the recall was handled.

    My sympathy to the worker bees who are just trying to pay their bills. They are the victims too along with our 4 legged victims.

  2. Lynne says:

    In a Jonathan Swift kind of way, I suggest we eat the rich.

  3. anonymous says:

    My sympathy is limited because not a single one of these “worker bees” has ever, for any reason, including but not limited to, doing the right thing, said a single word about the obviously “tainted” way business was conducted by Menu Foods!

    If they did not notice the bags labeled acetaminophen being blended into something that got foisted off on millions of people as pet “food” then they are going to have trouble holding any job. If they noticed and just said nothing then they are just as liable for the damage to millions of people.

    And nothing, nothing, that any worker for Menu Foods does now will ever make up for they did not do.

  4. straybaby says:

    “If they did not notice the bags labeled acetaminophen being blended into something . . . ”

    got a link for that? how do you know that’s what happened? or that it happened at Menu not at some other ingredient source or even country?

  5. Sandi says:

    Carol, I feel for the workers too. Gosh do ya think maybe Menu Foods CEO could have taken more of a cut to help save some poor guys job or actually probably 20 jobs? But no, I suspect he is shoveling it all into savings for when he loses his job. News of testing for acetaminophen and if they finally confirm it and go public, it will be the death of that company. But then guess what will happen, they will reform under a new company and lose any liability they had for all of the pet deaths and illnesses. I dont see any way that we will win in this. They will “land on their feet” while my poor pet didnt have a chance.

  6. Trudy Jackson says:

    Gee that’s too bad, not. I feel for the workers, but if they do know something maybe now they will say what went on?

  7. dogfoodboy says:

    menu is doing what they have to do. there likely is not enough capacity out there to take on even the business they still have (which I hear is growing again). people will always buy private label pet food. millions of new pet owners every year will buy it too. they won’t know anything about the recall. even many of the ones who know about the recall still are continuing to buy. menu will make money again, much sooner than you all think.

    for you know-it-alls who actually think bags of acetaminophen were used in their plants, well, your stupidity boggles the mind.

  8. Jenny Bark says:

    I’m sorry but I can not feel sorry for Menu, I just wish it was also happening to the other pet foods too. Any other food place that did this to people and then waited would have already been closed up. I will never forget about my 2 girls or all the rest of the babies who where killed or made sick or are still suffering long term damage like my boy.

    Imo the layoffs should be comming from the top down but of cource we know this does not happen. They where the ones who did the ordering & should have been making sure the tests where being done. By ordering from China instead of American farmers to save money they hurt a lot of people. Imo the workers should have seen this comming & I hope looking for other jobs. They had to know how lots of people feel about Menu I do hope they are legal so they can get unemployment. Imo they had to know how the Menu cats & dogs where treated & they had to know they where dying & then did die. Not one of them said anything to the press or tv to help save some of our babies.

    What I would really like to see is all of the workers get together & write a book about all they have seen & about what they all know. I think they could make some money to help them & in a way I think they owe us at least that much. Writing a book would also stick it to all the top management & ceo who are the real reason why they are laid off, not us.

  9. byebyemenu says:

    Only $2.25 to go. Let’s see .0001

    -0.05 (-2.17%)
    Oct 24 - Close Open: 2.26 Mkt Cap: 65.21M P/E: N/A Dividend: N/A
    High: 2.30 52Wk High: 7.47 F P/E: N/A Yield: N/A
    Low: 2.25 52Wk Low: 1.98 Beta: 0.21 Shares: 28.98M
    Vol: 2,200.00 Avg Vol: N/A EPS: -1.00 Inst. Own: N/A

  10. JJ in IL says:

    Even though this company could go out of business and someone step up with a new name and take it over for those of us who stopped feeding kibble and home cook the new company will also not have our business. Remember the kibble is made and how long does it sit in those bags before someone buys it? How fresh is this stuff? Would you eat it? Kinda like eating cardboard cut into different shapes that pfc claim as being nutritious.

  11. anonymous says:

    Not all the bags of substandard ingredients used at Menu Foods were labeled, some were clearly labeled.
    People saw, people know and people talk.
    Not all the records were shredded.

    Adios Menu, you won’t be going down the drain alone.
    None of you will be missed.

  12. Jenny Bark says:

    byebyemenu, when I go to you site this is what I get

    Your IP has been detected to generate too many spam traffic and has been disabled for this site.

    Please report to for any enquiry.

  13. Sharon says:

    I’m surprised there were any American workers left to lay off. I lost my Midwestern manufacturing job nine years ago, lost my house, my health insurance, and my savings. I have never recovered. By the time Bush is out of office there won’t be any American manufacturing jobs left, they have all been sent out of the country. Just ask Michael Dell, he just recently laid off US workers without notice while building his China business. All that is left now is service jobs primarily held by illegals. The pet food crisis is just one example of how this country has gone to hell in a handbasket. There is no American dream and neither our pets, our children, or anyone in this country is safe. The terrible thing is that what we need to be protected from is our own government. If they were doing their job this never would have happened.

  14. Pukanuba says:

    Ta ta, Menu…….the only thing I feel badly about is that you will find yet another way to shirk your responsibility to pay back all these pet parents. It was your irresponsible actions that caused the deaths & sickness of thousands of innocent little pets. And I believe you did it on purpose……meaning, once you knew there was a problem, you held off going public to squeeze out every last dime of profit you could & to hell with all the pets that were about to eat this product & pay for it dearly.

    I agree with everyone else… are going to go out of business so nobody can get a cent from you & open under a new company name. I hope your second one is unsuccessful. I don’t think you deserve much of anything, IMHO. As long as you can sleep at night & the money keeps rolling in, what the hell do you care? Am I right or what?

  15. Lynn says:

    Not a shred of sympathy from me for anyone connected to Menu Foods. Not a shred. Good riddance.

  16. Louie W. says:

    When Menu sold the contaminated “product” to Darling, International earlier this year, that was all I needed to hear.

    Menu has NO ethics.

  17. Sandi says:

    Louie, I didnt know about them selling contaminated product, do you have any links or anything so I can read about it? My cat died as a result of this and I would like to know.

  18. Anonymous says:

    when menu ceo dumped his stock did he cared about his profit, not menu employees, so why would anyone imagine anyone at menu cared about animals? a fish stinks from the head down. looks like he knew ahead of time exactly what was going on. nothing surprises me here.

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