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House votes on same-sex marriage, Activision Blizzard studio unionizes, Daily Harvest recalls ingredient

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Notable business headlines include House lawmakers voting to codify same-sex and interracial marriage into Federal law, Activision-Blizzard’s Albany office employees asking the studio to unionize, and Daily Harvest blaming tara flour contamination for illnesses.

Video Transcript


JULIE HYMAN: Let's get down to business now and look at some of the other headlines that we're watching today. House lawmakers are voting to codify same-sex marriage into federal law. The legislation, which also codifies interracial marriage, passed with bipartisan support. It was met with cheers from the House floor when announced yesterday.

The move was driven partially by the Supreme Court's landmark overturning of Roe v. Wade, in which Justice Clarence Thomas invited a review of same-sex marriage, along with other precedents. The legislation faces an ambiguous future, though, in the Senate, as Congress prepares for an extended recess in two weeks.

More workers at Activision Blizzard are moving to unionize. Quality assurance employees at the game developer's Blizzard Albany studio are asking management to recognize the union. The action is the latest in a tide of nationwide unionization efforts at companies like Chipotle and Verizon, including some not typically used to union efforts among its workers like Amazon and Starbucks. All this as Microsoft, of course, continues forward with its agreement to purchase Activision Blizzard.

And health oriented meal delivery service Daily Harvest says contaminated tara flour is to blame for sickening hundreds of its customers. The flour was found in the company's French lentil and leek crumble. It's a ground meat substitute. Business Insider reports more than 450 people fell ill after consuming the dish, including influencers used by the company to promote its products, with some even suffering organ damage.

Daily Harvest has discontinued the dish. It's advising customers to dispose of it. I would think so. Brad, tara flour, in case you were wondering, is from a South American tree. I guess it's the seeds of the tree, something like that. Obviously, not a very common ingredient.

BRAD SMITH: I was, indeed, wondering, so I steer clear of it. So thank you very much.