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Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser and The Jungle by Upton Sinclair both explain the politics and processes that goes into meat packing In Fast Food Nation Schlosser reveals facts about the meat packing industry its employees and the influence it has on the government Sinclairs The Jungle is a historical fiction novel set during the Industrial Revolution in America Like Schlosser Sinclair gives detailed accounts of the meatpacking industry but in a fictional setting These two books were written in two different eras of time but they share startling similarities just as they share differences in the meat packing plants government intervention the employees the influence of big business and food safety It is costly for meat packing plants to waste parts of a carcass and thus the goal is to use every part of it Both books give accounts of the animals being shackled and led to the slaughterhouse There they are met by a knocker who beats them unconscious From there they are led to another person whose job it is to slit their throats Iowa Beef Packers IBP Palestine slaughterhouse was shut down in 1999 by the US Department of Agriculture USDA for inhumane slaughter Employees work swiftly in production lines to cut the carcasses These are passed through inspectors to check the meat for bacterium such as tuberculosis Finally the meat is divided up and sent to different places for processing In The Jungle meat was creatively labeled to attract consumers such as Number One Grade boneless hams California Hams or skinned hams These meats were most likely contaminated Schlosser reports that most of the meat is shipped to the fast food chains especially McDonalds Burger King and Jack In the Box There is an need to make all American meat the same an industry molded to serve their needs to provide massive amounts of uniform ground beef so that all McDonalds hamburgers would taste the samehas proved to be
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