Ted Conover Goes Undercover as a Meat Inspector

Friday, April 26, 2013

Ted Conover talks about going undercover as a U.S.D.A. inspector at Cargill Meat Solutions in Schuyler, Nebraska. He learned the the meat inspection trade, sees what goes on inside slaughterhouses and, much to his surprise, runs into a representative from Eli Lilly who’s looking for the effects of antibiotics on the meat. He’s written about it in May’s Harper’s magazine, "The Way of All Flesh: Undercover in an Industrial Slaughterhouse."


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Comments [12]

oscar from ny

Idky the guest is shy to eat meat, even god use to order his servants to cook meat for him so he can smell the aroma..
Ps: don't be scared of food for it is a blessing and it won't ever harm you

Apr. 26 2013 01:24 PM
Aimee Ross from Manhattan

Think I just became a vegetarian.

Apr. 26 2013 12:37 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Maybe they can filter out the antibiotics, but can they filter out the resistant bacteria their use promoted?

Apr. 26 2013 12:28 PM
Tony from Canarsie

I didn't know there were enough meat inspector jobs available for a journalist to go undercover.

The book sounds very interesting.

Apr. 26 2013 12:24 PM

Does the author have an opinion on whether a new immigration bill will make things better or worse for low-wage workers?

Apr. 26 2013 12:23 PM

Whoa...whoa, WHOA!!

"Ph.D." - no cult advocacy, please!

Apr. 26 2013 12:19 PM
Bob from NYC

Is this guys name Ted Carnivore? No wonder he's interested in this topic.

Apr. 26 2013 12:15 PM
Amy from Manhattan

So if Mr. Conover didn't (outright) lie in his application to the USDA, what did he say his previous job was? Did he list his undercover jobs instead of journalism?

Apr. 26 2013 12:14 PM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Great lunchtime convo, I might add.

Apr. 26 2013 12:11 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

What does he think of the attempt in several states to ban any undercover visual surveillance of slaughter houses? So called Ag-Gag laws. Go Vegan!

Apr. 26 2013 12:11 PM

FANTASTIC cover on that Harper's!!

Apr. 26 2013 12:09 PM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Whadaya think's IN the burgers?

Apr. 26 2013 12:03 PM

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