The Food Chain’s Weakest Link: Slaughterhouses (NYT)

A relatively small number of plants process much of the beef and pork in the United States, and some of them have closed because workers are getting sick. After decades of consolidation, there are about 800 federally inspected slaughterhouses in the United States, processing billions of pounds of meat for food stores each year. But a relatively small number of them account for the vast majority of production. In the cattle industry, a little more than 50 plants are responsible for as much as 98 percent of slaughtering and processing in the United States.

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