Should Pork Processed Pork Be Banned?

713 WordsNov 30, 20163 Pages
Pork is processed by transporting the hogs to a slaughterhouse or pork packing plants, individuals are still able to process their own pork if they would like but is not very common. In 2013 there were 606 of these USDA inspected slaughter houses for pork, with 12 of these plants making up over half of the hogs slaughtered in a calendar year (Giamalva 2014, 22). The top 5 packing facilities of 2015 based on their estimated daily slaughter capacity (determined by head per day) are: Smithfield (115,000), JBS (89,800), Tyson Foods (IBP) (80,950), Hormel (36,800), and Triumph Foods (21,500) (U.S. Packing 2016). Pork processing can involve the before mentioned slaughter houses along with a firm that will further process the carcass meat. Many of these large packing plants also double as companies that will further utilize the pork into a processed pork product. For example Tyson Foods owns the brand name processed foods such as: Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Sara Lee, Ball Park, Bonici, and many more. Hogs must be slaughtered to obtain a product from the animal; neither the milk nor fibers are collected from a hog, making their profit for human consumption solely based on their cuts of meat or by-products. Various different parts of pigs are found in our daily human consumption and are known as by-products. These hog “by-products” that may not be expected include: diabetic insulin, human heart valves, suede, gelatin, adhesives, water filters, insulation, cosmetics, rubber, paint,
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