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Meatpacking Industry

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Bailey Trujillo

on 5 April 2016

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“They use everything about the hog except the squeal.”
- Upton Sinclair, The Jungle
What Was the Pay and Was it Stratified?
What were some of the dangers?
Who Worked in the Industry?
"The meatpacking industry during the early 1900's was unsanitary, unregulated and incredibly dangerous work" (The Meatpacking Industry During The Early 1900's). The machinery, along with the environment, was hazardous for workers inside the factory. "There were reports of workers falling into rendering tanks and being ground, along with animal parts, and sold as lard" (The Meatpacking Industry During The Early 1900's).
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What was the result of these conditions?
What were the hours?
"meat-slaughtering and meat-packaging factories were storehouses for germs and disease. Meat wasn’t properly refrigerated, inspected or tested, and consumers often got sick or died as a result of the bacteria-infested food" (Tucker, 1). Because of these harsh conditions, inspectors of and consumers of these products decided change needed to made. The harsh conditions in these factories led to the development of laws, and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Meats are now processed in sanitary and safe environments, making the meat safe for human consumption.
Workers would usually work very long hours with minimal pay. "Children as young as three were often employed and forced to work long hours (sometimes 12-15 hour days) for very little pay" (The Meatpacking Industry During The Early 1900's).
Meat Packing
What were the working conditions?
Children mainly worked in this industry because they were faster, more productive workers. Older workers were often replaced. (Meatpacking)
The workers' average pay isn't specified, but is claimed to be extremely low for the amount of hours they work.
Workers were paid based on their job.
Written by Upton Sinclair, The Jungle is an acclaimed novel that accounts the horrors of working in a meatpacking factory.
"Enforcing simple things like hand washing and requiring the use of hairnets were unheard of. Therefore the meat was often contaminated with sweat, dirt, and human hair (among other things)" (The Meatpacking Industry During the 1900's). Work stations were very unsanitary, dress codes weren't enforced, in which contaminated the meats. "Conditions within the factories were also unsanitary and non-edible byproducts weren’t disposed of properly" (Tucker, 1).

Smaller version of the Meat Grinder
Many cut their fingers off while using
this machine.

Inside look at the
Works Cited
"The Meatpacking Industry During The 1900's."
lilmisshistory. A History Blog, 2010.
Web. 22 Mar. 2016.
"Meatpacking." Ohio History Central. MediaWiki. Web. 22
Mar. 2016.
Tucker, Kristine. "Sanitary Conditions in the Late 1800s in
America." Synonym. Demand Media, 2016. Web. 22 Mar. 2016.

Men carrying meat
to an unrefrigerated
storage system
Children that worked in the
meat packing factory
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