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Poultry industry refutes claims on worker safety [USA]

The National Chicken Council and US Poultry & Egg Association released a white paper that challenges claims made by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice about poultry worker safety...[In their] report...the groups claim that poultry workers in Alabama are faced with dangerous working conditions and threats...But the poultry groups say such claims lack perspective... The groups said... “...The poultry industry's injury and illness rates are in line with many other manufacturing industries.” The groups refute other claims about worker safety, line speeds, unionization and other allegations made in the SPLC report. "...[The] poultry industry over the last several decades has focused its energies on the prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses...," Tom Super, vice president of communications for the NCC, said