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July 31, 2020 - Civil Eats

Speeding Up Poultry Lines in a Pandemic Puts Workers’ Lives in Danger

Speeding Up Poultry Lines in a Pandemic Puts Workers’ Lives in Danger
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In April, while COVID-19 continued to spread around the country, the lines at meat processing plants were moving at the speed of 140 birds per minute. Not only does this speed put workers in danger of injury, but it also puts them at risk of COVID-19 infection because it requires them to have to stand very close to one another.

Then, despite Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for protecting meatpacking workers from COVID-19 using physical distancing, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service inexplicably gave approval to 15 poultry plants with already poor safety records to speed up their poultry processing lines even further.

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