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May 26, 2004

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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2004

FYI FYI (May 26, 2004)

HOMETOWN OGRE . . . As you rush out to see the latest "Shrek" , take a moment to thank your friendly neighborhood computer animators for the technological wonders that propel Mike Meyers, Cameron Diaz and others into cartoon history. The tech that propels "Shrek" is provided by PDI, a computer animation firm from Palo Alto that reportedly worked its magic on hundreds of Hewlett-Packard workstations -- yet another hometown company.

DRUG-FREE CHICKENS . . . Bon Appetit Management Co., a major catering firm based in Palo Alto, recently announced it will only buy antibiotic-free chicken s beginning in June. The company also plans to work with ranchers to reduce the amount of drugs fed to cows and pigs. The decision followed a recommendation by the federal , Food and Drug Administration to establish a three-step process for ranchers and food-service companies to ensure that drugs proposed for use on animals do not create dangerous germs. Ranchers frequently feed livestock antimicrobial drugs, including antibiotics to prevent illness and encourage rapid growth. Scientists, however, worry that widespread antimicrobial use encourages development of drug-resistant bacteria that could infect people. Some animal rights advocates say force-feeding drugs to livestock is unethical.

EASTWARD BOUND . . . Rowan Andrews, store managing partner at the Brighton Collectibles, in Stanford Town Center, recently traveled to mainland China and Taiwan to watch the production of belts, watches, sunglasses and other leather accessories manufactured by the company. The trip included nearly 100 other Brighton Collectibles store managers and sales representatives from throughout the country.

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