More child labor violations appear to be on the horizon for the regulated meat industry,

Perdue Farms and Tyson Foods are reportedly under renewed federal scrutiny for possible illegal child labor practices.

Packers Sanitation Services, Tyson Foods contract cleaning agent, was earlier fined $90,828 for using child labor at Tyson’s Green Forest, AR, facility and $15,138 for child labor at Goodlettsville, TN.

Perdue Farms and Tyson are getting new attention from the U.S. Department of Labor about reports about children as young as 13 working overnight to clean poultry facilities.

The Labor Department’s Wage & Hour Division has confirmed Perdue

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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has petitioned USDA to prohibit beef producers like Tyson Foods from claiming their “climate-friendly” products and to require independent verification of all climate claims companies use to market beef to consumers.

EWG earlier this year petitioned USDA to prohibit “Low-Carbon Beef” labels and require third-party verification for similar carbon claims. The EWG also wants USDA to require a numerical on-pack carbon disclosure when such claims are made.

However, it may not be simple or settled regarding climate claims, even when beef is involved.

Beef is not usually considered a carbon-friendly product compared to what?  The

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Tyson Foods, the largest chicken producer in the United States, has announced that it will remove the “No Antibiotics Ever” label from certain chicken products by the end of the year, according to media reports.

The Wall Street Journal first reported this development, stating that Tyson will remove the label from specific fresh, frozen, and ready-made chicken products. The company made headlines in 2017 when it announced the elimination of all antibiotics in fresh and frozen chicken products under its brand. This move, along with similar actions taken by other chicken producers and fast-food companies, contributed to a significant reduction

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Albertsons Companies is recalling certain items containing chicken as part of a recall initiated by Tyson Foods, Inc. The product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

On July 3, the Dexter, MO, unit of Tyson Foods recalled 8.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Tyson Foods supplied chicken used by Albertsons Companies to produce the items listed in the table below. These products were available for purchase in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington D.C. from Safeway and Acme retailers. Customers may have
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LSG Sky Chefs is recalling its Chicken Salad Sandwich because of a potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The chicken used in this product is subject to a national recall issued by Tyson Foods

On July 3, the Dexter, MO, unit of Tyson Foods recalled 8.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

LSG Sky Chefs produces the recalled Chicken Salad Sandwiches for Circle K stores in Phoenix, AZ, and Southern California. 

All affected products produced by LSG Sky Chefs have been pulled from Circle K stores. 

No other products or retailers
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For the second time since June, China has suspended imports from a U.S. poultry plant where employees became infected with the coronavirus.

First to face suspension was poultry from a Tyson Foods plant in Springdale, AR, which was suspended by the Chinese government in June for similar reasons.  The second such action came a few days ago when China suspended imports from an OK Foods poultry plant in Fort Smith, AR  because of coronavirus cases among employees.

China, the world’s top importer of meat and poultry products, has refused imports from some foreign plants in an effort to control the
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Even though agriculture is the basis of civilization as we know it now, it is for the most part separate from most of us. We all eat, but how the food actually gets to the stores and restaurants is not something we think about. It’s there; we buy it; we eat it; and that’s as far as it goes for most of us.

Yet for millions of farmworkers, agriculture is their bread and butter — an integral part of their lives. Who they actually are, we don’t know. They’re essential but invisible.

And when the government announces billions of dollars
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Saul Sanchez, a 78-year old “green hat” supervisor at the JBS beef plant in Greeley, CO, died from COVID-19 on April 7. He worked at the Greeley beef plant for more than 30 years.

After Sanchez was diagnosed and hospitalized in March, his family was frustrated by JBS officials being unresponsive to their attempts to report that their loved one might have unknowingly exposed others in the beef plant to the virus — and that maybe JBS might want to do something about it.

In his death, the Sanchez family was credited by the Greeley Tribune with breaking open “the
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Arkansas’s Tyson Foods, Inc. has recalled  approximately 11,829,517 million pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

This recall is an expansion of the March 21, 2019 recall, which consisted of 69,093 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products. The scope of this recall expansion now includes more information and an additional 11,760,424 pounds of product.

The frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip items were produced on various dates from Oct. 1, 2018 through March 8, 2019 and
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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Tyson Foods $263,498 for 15 “serious” and two “repeated” workplace safety violations at the company’s chicken processing facility in Center, TX. tysonfoodsvigAccording to OSHA inspectors, the violations by the one of the nation’s largest meat and poultry processors resulted in the amputation of an employee’s finger when he was trying to remove chicken parts jammed in an unguarded conveyor belt. OSHA stated that the company “endangered workers by exposing them to amputation hazards, high levels of carbon dioxide and peracetic acid without providing personal protective equipment.” Inspectors also
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