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Meat is murder Fast Food Nation What the All-American Meal is Doing to the World Eric Schlosser Penguin If you read this book I defy you to eat a mass-produced hamburger again This column had a soft spot for the Burger King Bacon Double Cheeseburger memo to BK send money to home address this time We dont want any repeat of that Scruton business do we but nowwell if the ethical side-effects of mass production do not put you off how about these words which appear on page 197 There is shit in the meat The ethical side-effects should bother you though Mass production has made the business of meatpacking more dangerous and worse-paid than it ever has been Noteworthy among offenders are IBP or Iowa Beef Packers who supply an amazing amount of cow meat to the fast food industry Look at their index entry Deceptive practices of 166 179-81 206 emissions violations of 164-65 lawsuits against 182-83 and meat contamination 203 213-14and organized crime 154-55 It goes on Those are just some of the highlights My favourite IBP story concerns the waivers that employees in Texas are asked to sign the instant theyre injured which is relatively often Signing the waiver means you can never sue IBP for any reason Not signing the waiver means you might not receive any medical care from the company You might also be fired on the spot for good measure Remember you dont have medical insurance because your wages are rubbish You also risk losing all medical benefits from the company if you seek independent help The pressure to sign is immense Schlosser writes An IBP medical case manager will literally bring the waiver to a hospital emergency room in order to obtain an injured workers signatureWhen Duane Mullin had both hands crushed in a hammer millan IBP representative persuaded him to sign the waiver with a pen held in his mouth As for what happens
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