Fremont Beef Co. Lays Off 50 Workers

A Fremont meat processing company has laid off 50 workers after it lost business following the first US case of Mad Cow.

Fremont Beef Company, which sells most of its products to Japan, was hurt by Japan's ban on US imports last week. A company spokesperson says once the ban is lifted, Fremont Beef hopes business will return to normal and everyone can be rehired.

At full staff, the plant employs about 150 workers and has an annual revenue of 40-million dollars. Fremont Beef is owned by two Japanese companies.