September 1996 Issue

Meat Safety Standards Finally Enter 20th Century, But Still Fail to Protect

Ninety years ago, Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle, an exposť of the U.S. meat-packing industry that led to the last major modernization of our meat safely system. Now, nearly a century later, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finally announced new rules replacing the ancient system of sight and smell with modern, scientific methods. These rules will, for the first time, require meat and poultry processors to take steps to reduce harmful

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