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‘They think workers are like dogs.’ How pork plant execs sacrificed safety for profits.  

USA TODAY and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting spent five months piecing together the pivotal moments in the Triumph Foods outbreak, interviewing more than a dozen current and former workers and examining thousands of pages of government records.

November 11, 2020 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2020/11/11/they-think-workers-are-like-dogs-how-pork-plant-execs-sacrificed-safety-for-profits/

Confidential coronavirus outbreak data shows undisclosed incidents at prisons, workplaces, schools, meatpacking plants across Illinois

Newly obtained confidential statewide data shows that coronavirus outbreaks in workplaces, schools and prisons are driving Illinois’ rising cases — and many of these outbreaks have never been made public.

October 7, 2020 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2020/10/07/confidential-coronavirus-outbreak-data-shows-undisclosed-incidents-at-prisons-workplaces-schools-meatpacking-plants-across-illinois/

Bayer’s rejection of quick COVID-19 testing resulted in delayed isolation for migrant workers, officials say

At least eight migrant workers who were infected with COVID-19 waited several days before isolating because the company they worked for, Bayer, declined to pay for expedited tests, Champaign County health officials said.

August 31, 2020 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2020/08/31/bayers-rejection-of-quick-covid-19-testing-resulted-in-delayed-isolation-for-migrant-workers-officials-say/

Cheap chicken, beef came at a cost. How American meat plants bred coronavirus hot spots.

The meatpacking industry has evolved into a marvel of modern efficiency, producing 105 billion pounds annually of poultry, pork, beef and lamb destined for dinner tables across America and the world. That’s nearly double what it produced three decades ago.

But its evolution came at a cost. The same features that allow a steady churn of cheap meat also provide the perfect breeding ground for airborne diseases like the coronavirus: a cramped workplace, a culture of underreporting illnesses, and a cadre of rural, immigrant and undocumented workers who share transportation and close living quarters.

May 22, 2020 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2020/05/22/cheap-chicken-beef-came-at-a-cost-how-american-meat-plants-bred-coronavirus-hot-spots/