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sanitary lapse lay not with the policies of industry executives, but with the greed and laziness of slaughterhouse workers. “Men are men,”
Wilson contended, “and it is pretty hard to control some of them.” After an angry legislative battle, Congress narrowly passed the Meat
Inspection Act of 1906, a watered-down version of Roosevelt’s proposals that made taxpayers pay for the new regulations.
The meatpacking industry’s response to The Jungle established a pattern that would be repeated throughout the twentieth century,
whenever health concerns were raised about the nation’s beef. The industry has repeatedly denied that problems exist, impugned the motives
of its critics, fought vehemently against federal oversight, sought to avoid any responsibility for outbreaks of food poisoning, and worked
hard to shift the costs of food safety efforts onto the general public. The industry’s strategy has been driven by a profoun...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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