Meatpacking Company Case Study

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1) In the past, the meatpacking business is probably one of the most demanded and high-paying jobs where employees are highly skilled. As time passed, the meatpacking business became modernized, in which employees with skill are no longer needed. Follow McDonalds’ footstep, the meatpacking industry started to integrate the factory assemble line in their system and it resulted in the firing of hundreds of workers. With this new system, each worker stood in spot along the line performing the same task over and over again during an eight hour shift (Schlosser, 2001). Beside the low-paying wage that these meatpacking companies were now offered, the working condition in these plants were brutal. Most of the employees from these plants suffered horrible …show more content…
However, little did they know that this modern factory that was designed for mass production of food has become a vector for the spread of many pathogens and diseases, such as Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, E.coli and many more. But unlike other industries, the meatpacking industry are less likely to have their products to be removed from the market, since these large meatpacking firms have a very a close ties and connection with the Republican members of Congress. This in returns have contributed to the outbreak of E.coli 0157:H7 where approximately thousands Americans have been hospitalized and hundreds have died. Children who are infected with E.coli and other dangerous pathogens in food are most likely to suffer kidney failure, uremic syndrome, anemia and other dangerous health issues. While children continues to be the target for poor product standards, the meatpacking industry’s allies in Congress did anything they could to thwart modernization of the nation’s meal inspection system. Under President Clinton’s administration, these corporate executives continues to oppose USDA’s plan to the point that federal meat inspectors no longer have the authority to detect and remove contaminated meats. Instead of focusing on the core of the problem, these meatpacking companies and the USDA tried to cover it up by advocating for new technology that could potentially lead to new health issues. It’s really saddening to see how much greedy these companies have become and to the point they are willing to let children suffer as long there are

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