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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:20 PM
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http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/business/15869469....

Murder in Colombia prompts group to sue Nestl units in Miami
The widow of a brutally murdered Nestl worker joins others in a lawsuit against the firm over her husband's death.
BY JANE BUSSEY
jbussey@MiamiHerald.com

Colombian trade unionist Luciano Enrique Romero died a slow death. The fired Nestl factory worker, whose body was found in a paramilitary-controlled area of Colombia a year ago, was tied up, tortured and then stabbed 40 times.

Now Romero's widow, Colombian labor union SINALTRAINAL and the Washington-based International Labor Rights Fund have filed a lawsuit in Miami charging Nestl USA and Nestl of Colombia with complicity in his death.

Nestl USA, headquartered in Glendale, Calif., said in response to questions Friday: ''We have not been served with a copy of the lawsuit, and therefore we have no comment at this time.'' The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Switzerland-based Nestl SA, the largest food and beverage company in the world.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court, charges that Romero was killed by members of Colombia's paramilitary United Self-Defense Forces because the union leader helped expose Nestl's use of expired milk in its Milo brand drink. The Colombian government later confirmed the 2001 allegations, the lawsuit said.

FULL story at link above.

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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:22 PM
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1. US corruption is worldwide and dangerous
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rman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 05:15 AM
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4. Transnational corporate corruption
It is not limited to the US, although the US is definitely a front runner.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:54 PM
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2. Omigod. I guess you should expect evil news like this,yet it's hard to accept.
More from the Herald article, which fits EXACTLY with everything else I've heard of the paramilitary/military/Uribe government control of Colombia:
Nestl operated in complicity with the paramilitary; plant managers met openly with them inside the factory in Valledupar, in northern Colombia, the lawsuit said.

In October 2002, Nestl fired Romero, a 20-year veteran. Romero also received numerous death threats, and two years ago he fled to Spain, where the Organization of American States International Committee on Human Rights placed him under a protection program.

Romero returned to Colombia in early 2005 and filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Nestl. About a month later his body was found in Las Palmas, the lawsuit said.

''I spoke with him a few days before the killing,'' said Javier Correa, president of SINALTRAINAL, which represents workers at food and beverage firms. ``They killed him slowly by stabbing him 40 times. It was a crime to spark terror and fear among labor union members.''

Correa said several paramilitary members were charged in the killing, but they are currently in military-protected camps and could potentially be eligible for amnesty under a new law.
(snip/...)
Jesus H. Christ.

Next we'll be hearing they are coming to the States so Bush can give them each a "Medal of Freedom."

Thank you, Omaha Steve.
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fed-up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:41 PM
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3. Every time you bite into a chocolate bar think of Luciano=Boycott Nestle nt
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Make7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 05:55 AM
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5. They sell much more than candybars.
Edited on Sun Oct-29-06 05:56 AM by Make7
Here is a list of their US brands:

ADDITIONS
AFTER EIGHT Biscuits & Mints
ALBERS Corn Meal and Grits
ALPO
ALPO COME 'N GET IT
AQUARI-YUMS cat treats

BABY RUTHBACI
BEGGIN' STRIPS dog treats
BENEFUL dog food
BIT-O-HONEY
BOTTLE CAPS
BUITONI
BUITONI Risotto & Foccacia Bread Mix
BUSY BONE dog treats
BUTTERFINGER

CARLOS V
CAT CHOW cat food
CHEF-MATE
CHEW-RIFIC dog treats
CHUNKY
COFFEE-MATE
COFFEE-MATE LATTE CREATIONS
CROISSANT POCKETS brand sandwiches
CRUCIAL

DELI-CAT cat food
DOG CHOW dog food

FAA
FANCY FEAST cat food
FRISKIES canned & dry cat food

GOBSTOPPERS
GOOBERS
GOOD START Infant Formulas

HI PRO dog food
HOT POCKETS brand sandwiches

KIBBLES AND CHUNKS dog food
KIT 'N KABOODLE cat food
KITTEN CHOW cat food
KLIM

LA LECHERA Sweetened Condensed Milk
LAFFY TAFFY
LEAN CUISINE
LEAN POCKETS brand sandwiches
LIBBY'S Pumpkin
LIK-M-AID Fun Dip

MAGGI Seasonings
MIGHTY DOG dog food
MILO powdered beverage & ready-to-drink
MINOR'S
MODULEN IBD
MOIST & MEATY

NAN Infant Formula
NERDS
NESCAFɮ
NESCAFɮ Caf con Leche
NESCAFɮ CLASICO (soluble coffees from Mexico)
NESCAFɮ ICE JAVA
NESQUIK
NESTEA
Nestl Healthcare Nutrition
NESTL JUICY JUICE 100% fruit juices
Nestl FoodServices
NESTLɮ ABUELITA
NESTLɮ CARNATION INSTANT BREAKFAST
NESTLɮ CARNATION Malted Milk
NESTLɮ CARNATION Milks
NESTLɮ CRUNCH
NESTLɮ dessert toppings
NESTLɮ European Style Desserts
NESTLɮ Hot Cocoa Mix
NESTLɮ Infant Formulas
NESTLɮ MIlk Chocolate
NESTLɮ NIDO
NESTLɮ SIGNATURES TREASURES
NESTLɮ SIGNATURES TURTLES
NESTLɮ TOLL HOUSE Candy Bars
NESTLɮ TOLL HOUSE Morsels & baking ingredients
NIPS
NUTREN
NUTREN GLYTROL
NUTREN PULMONARY (formerly NUTRIVENT)
NUTREN RENAL (formerly NUTRIRENAL)
NUTREN REPLETE
NUTRIHEAL
NUTRIHEP

OH HENRY!
OOMPAS
ORTEGA

PEPTAMEN
PERUGINA Confections
PIXY STIX
POWERBAR
PRIA
PRO PLAN dog and cat foods
PURINA ONE
PURINA
PURINA ESSENTIALS cat treats and dog treats

QUALITY STREET

RAISINETS
RENALCAL
RUNTS

secondnature
SNO-CAPS
SPREE
STOUFFER'S
SWEETARTS

T BONZ
TART 'N TINYS
TASTER'S CHOICE instant coffee
TENDER VITTLES
TIDY CATS
TRIO

VETERINARY DIETS

WHISKER LICKIN'S
WONKA products

YESTERDAY'S NEWS

100 GRAND

- Make7
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 08:11 AM
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7. And don't forget the water companies, like Poland Spring, Deer Park, Ozarka...
Edited on Sun Oct-29-06 08:12 AM by MaineDem
All their brands are:
Alete, Allstars, Alpo, Arrowhead, Baci, Baeren Marke, Barnmat, Beba, Beneful, Boci, Bona , Brnemad, Buitoni, Butterfinger, Buxton, Cailler, Calcium Plus, Calistoga, Carnation, Carnation Instant Breakfast, Cereal Partners, Chambinho, Chamyto, Chino, Chiquitin, Choco Crossies, Chokito, Coffee-Mate, Contrex, Crunch, Crunch Cereal, Dar Natury, Deer Park, Desayuno Inteligente, Fancy Feast, Felix, FoodServices, Frigor, Frisco, Friskies, Frutips, Frst Bismarck, Gloria, Go Cat, Gourmet Gold, Harzer Grauhof, Hepar, Herta, HydraOpt, Ice Mountain, Institut de l'eau, Juicy Juice, Kern's, KitKat, LaVie Vietnam, LC1, Lean Cuisine, Levissima, Libby's, Libby's Pumpkin, Lifesavers, Lion, Maggi, Mighty Dog, MilkyBar, Milo, Munch Bunch, My Spring Water, Naleczowianka, Negrita, Nescafe, Nescau, Nespresso, Nesquik, Nestea, Nestl, Nestl Aquarel, Nestl Baby, Nestl Baby Nutrition, Nestl Babymilk, Nestl Cereals, Nestl Cooking, Nestl Nutrition, Nestl Toll House, Nestl Waters, Neston, ONE, Ortega, Ozarka, Panna, Passatempo, Perrier, Perugina, Poland Spring, PowerBar, Pro Plan, Purina, Ricor, Rowntrees, San Bernado, San Bitter, San Pellegrino, Savory, Schller, Smarties, Stouffer's, Svensk, Sweetarts, Taster's Choice, Tidy Cats, Turtles, Very Best Baby, Vital Balance, Vitalife, Vittel, Willy Wonka, Winalot, Winiary, Yogurt, Zephyrhills, Zoegas

Damn, I didn't realize San Pelligrino was their's as well.

A good web site on the corporation is http://www.coopamerica.org/programs/rs/profile.cfm?id=2...
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TheBaldyMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 11:09 AM
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9. 
Edited on Sun Oct-29-06 11:10 AM by TheBaldyMan
Not only their own brands but their wholly owned subsidiaries and the companies they are major shareholders have a ridiculous market share.

there is hope as this story, 'Where Did It All Go Right?' from from The Observer (sister publication of the Guardian) The hippies were right and direct action works.

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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 06:32 AM
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6. Transnational corporations do not give
a fugg about human beings. It's all about profits.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 09:22 AM
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8. He's just more expired milk to them, only now they can't use him any more.
Disgusting!
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