Monthly Archives: May 2012

Have You Encountered the Use of “Meat Glue” (aka Activa, Transglutaminase, Fibrimex or Fibrin) By a Meat Product Company or Restaurant?

Are you aware of a meat supplier or restaurant selling “meat-glued” meat– e.g. a “filet” of meat that was actually made of smaller meat scraps “glued” together– and not labeling the meat in a way customers would understand that’s the case?  If so and you are interested in discussing this privately, please call attorney Michael Brown at 920-757-2488, or please email Attorney Brown at mbrown@dvglawpartner.com.

We are investigating meat suppliers’ and restaurants’ use of the product commonly referred to as “meat glue.”  This product is being used by some meat product companies and restaurants to bind (“glue”) together scraps of meat into a single piece, and sell it as if it were one cut of higher-grade meat (e.g. a “filet”).  There may be false advertising or consumer law violations in certain situations, if meat-glued products are not being correctly labeled as the law requires.

The meat-glue substance itself is a powder mix, sold under the brand names Activa or Fibrimex.  The Activa product is made with the enzyme transglutaminase, also called TG or TGase.  The Fibrimex product is made with the enzyme fibrin.

Again, please contact me at phone or email address above if you’ve encountered someone’s use of meat glue to improperly handle or sell meat.

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Work Dispute? Lose Your Cool, Lose Your Job

If you get in a workplace dispute, watch your emotions carefully.  If you lose your cool, you will likely lose your job.

People understandably feel strong emotions when confronted with strong emotions– say if a boss or HR rep is treating you condenscendingly, sarcastically, or worse, is yelling at you.  If these things happen, it is hard not to let emotions well up and take over.  But that is exactly what you have to prevent.

If management loses their cool, they keep their jobs.  You do not make the decision whether your managers keep their jobs, when they lost their cool in dealing with you.  But if you lose YOUR cool in dealing with them, then they can choose whether to label your actions “insubordination” or “misconduct”, etc.  They can choose to fire you.

These are simple concepts.  But the minute a worker gets into a dispute, he is quick to forget the logical concepts above, and likely to lose his cool.  Don’t lose your cool.  It will do you no good, and will likely cost you your job.

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Employment Dispute? YOU’RE Probably the One On the Hotseat; Don’t Blame from the Hotseat

If you are a worker in a dispute — whether it’s a dispute with your current employer’s management, a dispute with your former employer about unemployment benefits, etc.– there is something important you should know.

Regardless of what the employer may have done wrong, YOU are probably the person who is under the most scrutiny, and who has the most to lose. That is, you are probably the one on the hotseat.

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Grassley Concerned that Fraudulent Practices May be Used to Circumvent Protections of H-1B Visa

In a letter to Department of State Secretary Hillary Clinton and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Grassley cited a Seattle Times story that outlined questionable practices by The Boeing Company in using the B-1 visa instead of the H-1B visa to bring in workers from Moscow. 

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