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Thursday, October 03, 2019

Workers are getting injured, but the Department of Agriculture says their safety is not its responsibility.

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This may be a reason why the production lines are being sped up...

Chicken consumption is closing in on red meat
www.axios.com

...Popeyes only makes up a small portion of profits for owner Restaurant Brands International, but the success of its chicken sandwich could change the calculus for the brand.

The big picture: Chicken has been an increasing share of Americans' diets since the 1980s when doctors began warning that eating too much saturated fat from red meat could increase the risk of heart disease.

Last year more poultry than red meat was eaten by U.S. consumers per capita, with chicken almost closing the gap with a combination of beef, pork, veal and mutton/lamb by itself....


So, instead of investing in more factories to meet the rising demand (capital expense), the poultry corporations are using workers as a disposable resource (operational expense).

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-03 11:29 AM | Reply

MAGA
Make America Gag again

#2 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2019-10-03 11:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"It's been only a few months since the speed increase took effect, not long enough to make meaningful before-and-after comparisons. And there is no available data to compare injury rates at the factories with higher speeds to the industry average because the Trump administration scrapped a requirement for employers to submit their injury logs."

And yet an entire long-winded article was written trying to prove cause and effect. Educated Liberals should completely lambaste this author. This is what makes Cons have ample ammunition to prove how bad the Liberal party has gotten. The logic of this article is incredibly bad and any educated person will see it immediately, so don't let hate stop you from at least doing your best to get rid of the idiots in your party (btw, that goes for both parties Cons...)

#3 | Posted by humtake at 2019-10-03 12:23 PM | Reply

@#3 ... And yet an entire long-winded article was written trying to prove cause and effect. ...

Not really. There was no need to prove cause and effect in the article. There was some research already in place that suggests the faster line speeds increases the risk of worker injury.

From the long-winded cited article:

..."Increasing line speeds will increase poultry workers' exposure to all of these hazards," David Michaels, the head of OSHA from 2009 to 2017, said in a 2012 memo opposing a USDA proposal at the time to increase line speeds. Scientific studies, including both government-funded and industry-sponsored, have established that going faster worsens the risk of repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. There is also evidence that feeling rushed or struggling to keep up with the work pace are factors in traumatic injuries.

"My conclusion from conducting this detailed research is there is no doubt that increasing line speed will increase laceration injuries to workers," Melissa Perry, chair of environmental and occupational health at the George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health, said in a submission to the USDA opposing a similar plan to raise line speeds in pork slaughterhouses. The USDA is moving forward with that policy despite an internal investigation into whether the agency relied on flawed data to justify it....



If only the Trump administration would allow the data to be collected to ascertain the level of worker safety.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-03 12:57 PM | Reply

And yet an entire long-winded article was written trying to prove cause and effect.
#3 | Posted by humtake

Yet another long winded comment pretending that putting lobbyists in charge of government agencies wouldnt naturally result in results like these.

Remember when trump told you suckers he'd drain the swamp, then he filled his white house with bankers and lobbyists? Did you fall for it?

#5 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-10-03 06:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

So, instead of investing in more factories to meet the rising demand (capital expense), the poultry corporations are using workers as a disposable resource (operational expense).

#1 | Posted by LampLighter

You forgot the part about hiring undocumented workers, which can lead to even lower operating costs.

OCU

#6 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-10-04 01:52 AM | Reply

Got have those six trillion chicken wings ready by Feb 7.

#7 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2019-10-04 07:04 AM | Reply

Chicken Fingers, Human Fingers? Brings a whole new meaning to having Mexican tonight.

#8 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-10-04 04:26 PM | Reply

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