For some workers, a simple trip to the bathroom could result in the loss of a job.
Poultry-processing workers are sometimes disciplined for taking bathroom breaks while at work because there is no one available to fill in for them if they step away from the production line.
Tyson, Butterball, Perdue and Pilgrim’s Pride are among the 41 companies participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s controversial New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) program, which allows companies to inspect their own slaughter lines. The task was formerly performed by trained USDA inspectors.
As officials prepare to sign the Transpacific Trade Partnership (TPP) next month, the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch is warning that the controversial trade deal will exacerbate already flawed food safety import systems.
Chicken is the most popular meat in America, and the poultry industry is booming. Profits are climbing, consumer demand is growing, and executive compensation is increasing rapidly, according to a press release issued by the NGO Oxfam America.
A national consumer group says reports prove that an expansion of the the USDA’s controversial pilot project for privatized inspection in poultry slaughter plants could result in defective and unsanitary poultry contaminated with feathers, bile and feces making its way to consumers.
Farmers are at considerable risk factor for all skin cancers, including the most serious, melanoma. Farmers receive more ultraviolet radiation (UV) exposure than the general public for many reasons, including: