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Unformatted text preview: the large meatpackers improve working conditions and reduce injury levels, these
companies would do so. The cost of slowing down their production lines would be insignificant compared to the cost of losing their biggest
customer. If McDonald’s can send auditors into slaughterhouses to monitor the ethical treatment of cattle, it can certainly do the same for
poor immigrant workers. As to the company’s ability to influence this sort of behavior, I agree wholeheartedly with the American Meat Institute: “If McDonald’s is requiring something of their suppliers, it has a pretty profound effect.” Unlike compliance with the FDA’s feed
rules, which required an elaborate new system of paperwork and affidavits, it wouldn’t take weeks to make America’s slaughterhouses safer.
If McDonald’s were to demand that the line speeds be slowed down, preventing untold misery and harm, it could be accomplished in an
instant. dog eat dog
AS OF THIS WRITING, about a hundred people have died from vCJD, the human form of mad cow disease. Although...
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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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