First of all, when I said humaneness, I actually meant for the people working in the factories who have to clean blood vats with chlorine spray and nothing but a paper mask (instead of full body covering and a heavy duty mask), who regularly – it seems – cut or injure limbs, who are often illegal immigrants, who are forced to go back to work after serious injuries only after a couple of days, etc.
I wasn’t talking about whether it’s humane to the animals, because I’m just going to eat them.
In the book, Schlosser also talks about how regulations that have made it difficult for OSHA to inspect many of these plants.
As far as sanitation goes, I’m still reading that part, but the author states that meat plants systematically refused “any further regulation of their food safety practices.” He then goes on to present reports from the CDC and the USDA about diseases/microbes in the meat and the fact that “78.6 percent of the ground beef contained microbes that are spread primarily by fecal material,” which he concludes by saying, “There’s shit in the meat.”
Is this an exaggeration? Is “fecal material” always going to be in the meat we eat?