meat packing

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Slaughterhouses and meat packing plants throughout the country employ a lot of people. About a quarter of a million workers in the U.S. stun, kill, and eviscerate the animals we eat. Most of those jobs are physically demanding and require few skills.

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Food companies the world over are paying close attention to the groundswell of support for food transparency, the "know where your food comes from" movement.  JBS, the largest meat producer in the world, is beginning to take notice as well.

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Jennifer Brdar’s dream job was to be a meat inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, watching out for unwary consumers and making sure the meat on their dinner tables was clean and disease-free.

No Antibiotics for Pigs and Cattle

Dec 12, 2013
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The Food and Drug Administration wants to phase out antibiotics in meat.

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Immigrants have always been the backbone of America’s meat packing plants, offering upward mobility for its newcomers.