Meatpacking Case Study Summary

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Schlosser described a visit to a meatpacking plant somewhere in the High Plains. His journey through the plant was quite sure to his own understanding. There were so many workers standing near another and they are chopping up chunks of cattle, standing in pools of pool that were deep. Workers were killing cattle by hitting them and slicing them up. Even though there are machines to process meat, with cattle there are different sizes that come along with it. Unlike other animals, cattle would have to be slice in a particular way and with knives. In this case workers must work in a quick way to slice up cattle to almost keep with how their machines would. Some plants kill 400 cattle an hour. The work condition was so ruthless. There were so many …show more content…
Harding had apparently eaten something and he got very sick to the point he was hospitalize. He did indeed recover. Lee Harding was eating some beef patties from Hudson Foods. The Pueblo officials even tested the beef patties and found they had the same virulent E. coli strain. A month later Hudson Foods had to recall their products a month later. It was too late because about 25 million pounds of ground beef has already been consumed. Schlosser wanted to focus on the safety of food next. He noted that it is quite difficult to track the source of food-borne pathogens in the United States because there is just so much going on within the environment and food. During the 20th century hamburger grade beef had a bad name. One company, Jack in the Box was known for under cooking and serving their hamburgers. The government soon passes a regulation to administer the health and safety of American food. The more cattle is entered in a plant gives the plant less cleanliness of the environment. By 1980’s the beef industry and USDA had ensure that beef supplies are healthful. Also, they were going to monitor what was passing through. Schlosser believes the government needs to focus more with the meatpacking plant and food industry to ensure food safety. After the Jack in the Box scandal, David Theno was hired to make sure the managers were train properly and handling the food correctly. …show more content…
It was “the first McDonald’s site in East Germany.” This McDonald store was a symbol for Germany because McDonald is an American store so it was like a symbol for change. Almost sounds like the American dream and it just show how much Germany has changed in time. American was expanding their food brands to outside of the country, for example, India, Beijing, and Germany. Companies knew that they wanted to expand to make profits. Schlosser saw a speech in 1999 at Las Vegas of Mikhail Gorbachev for owners of fast foods and notices people were bored of the speech. Even some people walk out on his speech comparing him to last year speaker, Margaret Thatcher. Fast food is high in fat and low in fiber and it is the American culture of foods. Schlosser also including that is a reason why there is obesity. Obesity has become a global problem. Although everyone wants to blame McDonald for this problem it is not. One case in 1990s, that happen with activist London Greenpeace, McDonald was blame for injecting lethal toxins in their foods. The company McDonald was taken to court with Greenpeace. The court said that some of the statements were true and McDonald is an unhealthy place to eat at. It has come down to people who have money that do not really go out to eat but those who can’t afford a typically bigger meal will just buy a cheaper and unhealthier

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