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Unformatted text preview: ed meat, the tendency of workers to urinate and defecate on the kill floor. After reading The Jungle President
Theodore Roosevelt ordered an independent investigation of Sinclair’s charges. When it confirmed the accuracy of the book, Roosevelt called
for legislation requiring mandatory federal inspection of all meat sold through interstate commerce, accurate labeling and dating of canned
meat products, and a fee-based regulatory sys-tem that made meatpackers pay the cost of cleaning up their own industry.
The powerful magnates of the Beef Trust responded by vilifying Roosevelt and Upton Sinclair, dismissing their accusations, and launching a p ublic relations campaign to persuade the American people that nothing was wrong. “Meat and food products, generally speaking,” J.
Ogden Armour claimed in a Saturday Evening Post article, “are handled as carefully and circumspectly in large packing houses as they are in
the average home kitchen.” Testifying before Congress, Thomas Wilson, an executiv...
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- Spring '08