Business Briefs: 7/8/14

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Mice, birds prompt NYWP consumer alert

The Allegheny County Health Department posted a consumer alert at NYWP Enterprise in McKees Rocks last week after finding mice and birds in the facility. An inspector also reported mouse and bird droppings on bags of food, according to a Thursday inspection report. NYWP supplies Asian restaurants. Inspection reports for food facilities in the county are available online at webapps.achd.net/​Restaurant/.

AHN and Johns Hopkins formalize cancer care deal

A five-year cancer care collaboration agreement first announced in January between Allegheny Health Network and Johns Hopkins has been formalized. Under the agreement, AHN cancer patients will have access to clinical trials being conducted at Hopkins and AHN physicians will be able to consult on difficult cases with their counterparts at Hopkins’ Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Kimmel center is one of 41 U.S. facilities designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer center, as is the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

Germany takes aim at foreign drivers with car toll

Germany plans to introduce a car toll in 2016 that seeks to make money from the millions of foreigners who drive through the country every year, the transport minister said Monday. Germany has a truck toll but, unlike many European countries, no car toll. The cheapest option, the 10-day sticker, will cost 10 euros ($13.60).

Truckers strike at California ports

Truckers in a long-running dispute with three companies at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have started what they say is an indefinite strike. The truckers argue they are full-time employees, not independent contractors, and should be paid accordingly. Truckers’ spokeswoman Barb Maynard says workers formed picket lines Monday morning outside the companies’ yards.

Deal adds natural flavors to ADM portfolio

Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland already makes sweeteners, vegetable oils and an array of other ingredients used in packaged foods and drinks. Now it’s getting in the natural flavors business. The company, based in Decatur, Ill., said Monday it will acquire the privately held Swiss company Wild Flavors in an all-cash deal that will total $3.13 billion counting debt.

Truckers strike at California ports

Truckers in a long-running dispute with three companies at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have started what they say is an indefinite strike.

The truckers argue they are full-time employees, not independent contractors, and should be paid accordingly.

Truckers’ spokeswoman Barb Maynard says workers formed picket lines Monday morning outside the companies’ yards.


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