The US poultry industry has recorded an all-time low for worker injury and illness within the industry’s slaughter and processing workforce. Figures released in November show an 84% decline in illness and injury over the past 25 years. According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, illness and injury was put at 3.5 cases per 100 full-time workers, down from 3.8 the year before. It compares with 5.1/100 workers in terms of injuries in similar agricultural industries, and 4.2/100 for the entire food manufacturing sector, while all of manufacturing was 3.4.
The report is produced by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council, which consists of members from:
National Chicken Council
National Turkey Federation
Collectively, the three organizations represent companies that produce 95% of the nation's poultry products and directly employ more than 350,000 workers.
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About Mary Auth
Raised on a corn and soybean farm in central Illinois, Mary Auth understands farmers and farming. She has long been directly involved with production agriculture. Mary has been a marketing and communications consultant to various sectors in the agricultural industry for more than 40 years. She has served as a consultant for ag commodity groups, farming operations, seed organizations and agricultural legal services. When she’s not providing critical insights and perspectives to any number of ag initiatives, she enjoys traveling the globe, meeting friends old and new, and continuing learning about how people communicate. Mary is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the Illinois Ag Leadership Program. Supporting the innovative work of Summit Livestock Facilities is a natural fit for her.