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When we place our order at a fast food place we seldom think about whats in our food Not once do we stop and ask how the meat was processed or wonder if it had ever been exposed to unsanitary conditions We are confident we are receiving the best quality food our money can buy In the 1900s however sanitation in the workplace was poor The American public was blind to the monstrosities behind food and drug industries Little was known about the measures taken to ensure healthy foods or valid medicines A shocking novel written in 1906 however spurred congress to change the course of history In this essay I will explore the heinousness described in Upton Sinclairs The Jungle and illustrate how this novel paved the way towards strict regulation and reform in Americas corrupt industries The Jungle exposed the unknown horros of the meat packing industry to the public Upton Sinclair spent seven weeks in the stockyards district of Chicago gathering background information for his story Sinclair chose Packingtown he explained because I knew this was a place where modern commercials forces held complete sway quoted in Braeman 44 In The Jungle he illustrates the routine of the packers the lack of government inspection and the unsanitary conditions of the slaughterhouses According to the Jungle It was too dark in these storage places to see well but a man could run his hand over these piles of meat and sweep handfuls of dried dung of rats These rats were nuisances and the packers would put poison bread out for them they would die and then rats bread and meat would go into the hoppers together163 This passage indicates the carelessness of the industry Sanitation was overlooked and people unknowingly ate contaminated substances Braeman recounts for example hogs dead of cholera were turned into lard rotten butter was churned with skim milk and sold as fresh and men would fall into the vats
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