The United States Of The Meatpacking Industry

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If the government were to get more involved in the meatpacking industry, the United States of America would have less outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. The problem with E.coli, along with other foodborne illnesses start inside of the feedlots. At this point, there are at least 250 known foodborne illnesses, which are mainly infections that are caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites in the meat. In America, each state gets to decide for themselves, which diseases they have the public health department look for in their food. Instead, the government should be checking for all possible diseases in the food throughout the country. Due to the lack of inspections, Eric Schlosser states that "{e}very day in the United States, roughly…show more content…
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