After hiring hundreds of Somali refugees to work at their meatpacking plant, an Arizona-based company just realized why importing cheap labor at the expense of American taxpayers might have been a bad business move.
Although the mass import of mostly Muslim migrants is all due to the political left’s dedication to multiculturalism, certain businesses are taking advantage of the liberal immigration policies that are harming American citizens and legal immigrants coming to the U.S. based on meritocracy.
Aiding in the exploitation of American taxpayers, meatpacking plant JBS USA Holdings Inc. hired on over a hundred Somali Muslim immigrants to work at their branch in Tolleson, Arizona. However, despite being lauded by leftists for embracing multiculturalism and diversity in the workplace, the business soon discovered that hiring based on minority background instead of skill and merit isn’t the best entrepreneurial policy.
After being repeated sued for millions of dollars by hundreds of Somali Muslim workers for racial and religious discrimination, meatpacking corporation JBS USA is facing yet another major lawsuit — this time for a massive salmonella outbreak in at least 16 states caused by their beef products, which has resulted in 15 people being hospitalized so far.
USA Today reports that nearly 7 million pounds of raw beef was officially recalled on October 4 after the Arizona-based plant had sold products contaminated with Salmonella Newport, a strain of the bacteria that causes food poisoning. At least 57 people in 16 states have reported falling ill due to the company’s beef products, including hundreds of products which were distributed across the nation between July 26 and September 7.
Federal officials have previously complained that the Arizona plant implemented “egregious” and “inhumane” conditions for livestock, which may or may not be to blame for the recent infectious outbreak.
Officials found two “mentally incoherent” cows laying on their sides and “moaning as if in pain.” The inspector asked for the cows to be euthanized — one died in its pen before it could be put down, according to the notice.
Documents show JBS Tolleson took issue with the original federal notice and wrote “we feel that we were operating in a humane fashion.”
Despite already fighting a discrimination lawsuit from hundreds of its Somali Muslim employees in 2010, asserting that the company failed to accommodate their religious needs, JBS USA faces yet another major suit. Earlier this month, AZCentral.com reports that a Kentucky woman filed the first lawsuit against the Arizona-based branch following the business’ beef recall. Dana Raab claims that she fell ill hours after consuming the company’s beef product, forcing her to seek emergency medical attention.
“FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,“ the agency said, according to the Independent.
“Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhoea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalised,” it said.
The hundreds of products that may be infected have an establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection and may still be frozen inside of consumers’ freezers.
Raab alleges that she was diagnosed with salmonella from the company’s product and was admitted to the hospital for 5 days in September. A medical test produced positive results for the bacterial strain proceeding treatment for severe dehydration and a blocked bile duct.
Raab’s legal team will possibly be joined by other complaints, making the lawsuit yet another damaging public relations blunder for JBS USA.
JBS USA spokeswoman Misty Barnes attempted to quell panic concerning the outbreak, assuring that the company is working closely with the USDA to resolve the issue. However, Seattle food safety lawyer Bill Marler insisted that he hasn’t seen a recall of this proportion in his nearly 3 decades of experience.
“I’ve been doing this for 25 years,” he said. “I can’t recall off the top of my head when the last multimillion-pound recall was, but it’s been a while.”
JBS USA Inc. is learning that cutting corners not only hurts its own business, but it also hurts its customers. The company has repeatedly kowtowed to its Somali Muslim employees’ religious demands but hasn’t fulfilled the simple needs of its own consumers. Hopefully, the company will start focusing on the requirements for edible beef products instead of merely attempting to create a diverse workplace environment.