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Meatpacking Research Paper

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foodborne illness and large recalls of contaminated meat. For example in 2002, ConAgra was forced to recall 19 million pounds of beef that had been produced at its Colorado processing facility after their meat had become contaminated with E. coli. The result was “35 individuals were sickened and one individual died.” By the time the meat had been recalled about 80% of it had already been consumed. All this information simply scratches the surface of the issue: the unsanitary conditions of these meatpacking plants are exacerbated when the animal quotas are pushed, and hundreds of animals are forced into these factories. Meat processing farms are basically testing the limit of space with these poor animals. The U.S. raises about 100 million
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