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Published by Gianmarco Altieri
Felicity Lawrence - Not on the label. Estratto del primo capitolo. Libro usato nell'ambito del corso di Lingua inglese della prof.ssa Parrino - Università degli studi di Padova, Facoltà di Scienza politiche, CdL Studi internazionali ed europei. Anno accademico 2010-2011. Copyright Felicity Lawrence 2004.
Felicity Lawrence - Not on the label. Estratto del primo capitolo. Libro usato nell'ambito del corso di Lingua inglese della prof.ssa Parrino - Università degli studi di Padova, Facoltà di Scienza politiche, CdL Studi internazionali ed europei. Anno accademico 2010-2011. Copyright Felicity Lawrence 2004.

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6
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anearnestwomaninawhitelabcoatmeasuringthelengthofacarrotwitharuler.Attheendwehadtosignastatementthatwehadwatchedit.'ThatcoversSainsbury'sforduediligence
if
anythinggoeswrong,'thetrainerexplained.
As
thefoodchainhasbecomelonger,protectingthemselves
from
being
sued
if
safetybreaksdownatanypointisofprimeimportancet6thebigretailers.'Thebigges,~~~o.mplaintwegetfromcustomersthesedaysisaboutproducdgoingoff~Perhapsthat'stodowiththewaywe
all
shopinoJrcars~-C)rperhapsit's.thewaywekeeppushingsell-bydates,'thetrainerjoked.Thisisareputablecompanyandwewererunthroughbenefits,careerprospectsaridequalopportunities.Wewerewarnedagainstdiscriminationonracialorreligiousgrounds.'We'vegotMghanistans(sic),Yemenis,Kurds,Kosovans,Croats,Serbs,.Lithuanians,Africans,younameit..Andwetakeintoaccounttheirreligiousneeds.Ooohyes,it'sallRama-dama-ding-dongroundhere,,
.she.said:
Afinallwaming~omthetrainer.Don:.~,~~f~r,~omeonehadbeensacked-
riot
longbeforefortakingbinhgs.AD.ddon'ttradeinillegalsubstancesonrhefactoryfioor.Someonehadbeencaughtforthattoo,andrC~~t~~"and·Exclse·+e~eplanningtocomeback,possiblyundercover
;·"'Ir
c-otifa~~b'eoneofyouherenow,'shegrinnedasshescannedtheroom.Ismiledinanely..Thenwewereofftobekitted.outwithgreenboots,white-coats,hairnetsandhelmets-bE;~eh~l~e·;remanagers;white,regularworkers;green,rookies.Wepassedthestaffnoticeboarddis-playingtheexceITefit'officialscoregiventothefactoryforhygienethatmonth,andawarningthatacustomerhadcomplainedoffindingawholeMarigoldgloveinaportionofchickendrumsticks.Thenwewentthroughthewashinganddisinfectantlobbytoscrubourhandsanddragourbootsthroughthefootwash,passeddownanarrowwhite-walledcorridor,throughtheheavydoorsandintothemainpackingandcuttingarea.'Thepluckedandchilledchickenscome
in
hereupsidedown,
Chicken
7
thousandsofthemswingingbytheirfeetfromthecontinuous,spirallingbeltsofmetalshacklesthatstartintheabattoirandwindaroundtheceili~golth~"hugecuttinghall,whereproduction"linesstretchintothedistance.Discomusicblaredoutabovethe
I{
noiseofmachinery,andthedecapitated
bIranerked
anddivedaboveourheadsinmacabresyncopation.Someweredroppedoffwholeontothetrussingline,othersbobbedalongtohavetheirwingsslicedoff.Legs-andto-rsos
,£illcelo;'
alllimbs,notops,untiltheytoowerechoppedoffbythemachinesanddroppedontoapackingline.Thisiswherethelabour-intensivebitstarts,sinceforsupermarketordersthepieceshaveto'bearrangedbyhandonplastictraysbefaregoingbackintomachineswhichwrapthemand-labelthemwithpricesandbarcodes.Thecarcassescomeontoadifferenttrack,witha-metalfistthroughtheirinnards."
··.c'
'--'--lrreasts-:fiavetobecutoffbyhand.AchainofCentralAsian-lookingworkerswerefirsttearingofftheskin,thenquicklyflickingtheirsharpknivesthroughtotheboneandslicingthebreastsaway.TheDevonladies,whowerewarm
andraucous,
hadtakenmewiththemtotrusschickensonplastictraysbecauseyougetmoremoneyforthatskilledjobandtheyweretryingtocoverforme.Iwasnogood-at
it.
Myhandswerefreezing;IwastooslowoffthemarkchangingandbythetimeIreachedtheglove"dispenserthehandwarmershadrunout.Anoldhandfromanothersectioneventuallytookpityonme.'Psst,whatsizeareyou?'Shehadaquicklookoverhershoulder,thenreacheddownherlegandfoundmeapairfromthestashinherwellies,Thepackinglinesdisplayedorders
from
thesupermarket,.crossedoutandchangedseveraltimesduringtheday,Processorsrisklosingtheirorders
if
they
fall
shorto(thesupermarkets'requirements,whichcanfluctuateconsiderably,butingeneralthesupermarketsareundernoreciprocalobligationtopayiftheywanttocutbackatshan:notice.AnalerteosupervisorsonthelabellingmachineexplainedSainsbury'snewpolicyonbarcodes
 
8
NotontheLabel
andgaveaclearindicationofthebalanceofpowerbetweenretailersandsuppliers.Ifthebarcodecannotbescannedatthetillfirsttime,theprocessor
will
bewamed.Secondoffence:
£
5
00.Jinel·thiI~
offence:
£1,000;
fourthoffence:
£3,000;
thereafter
a
(Kafk_a~:_qu,9-S0unding'po.ssiblevolumerestructure'.'~'~1he
.~.LWift,
whenwemovedintoit,wasahardcoreof
~'
,
foreignworkers,manyofwhomspokenoEnglish.TheDevonmothershadreturnedto-theirhomesand
I
hadmovedovertoslidingbreastsintotrays,roughside'down,goodsideup,curledoversothosestringybitscouldn'tbeseen.Thentherewasanunexpectedpause.Thechickensfromthe'~~,factory'sownslaughterhousehadstopped
winding
through.The
W
supervisorinchargeofthelineclimbedupthehugeiadderto
!,-
theglasseyriein'therooffromwherethemanagerscanwatch
!
thewO'rkers"below.Weweregivenanearlybreak.Whenwe
:,',t'
gotback,acoupleofdozenBelgianandblue'Dutchcratesfilledwithvacuum-packedbreastfilletshadbeenpulled
in,
We
were'settopackingthoseinstead,~ThecrateswerelabelledGMBMeats,
'use
by
25
November';
i
thevacuumpacks
said
thesame,'useby
25
November'and
1
carriedtheGMBMeatsname.GMBMeats
is
acuttingplantin
j
Wolverhamptonwhichdoesnotslaughteritsownbirdsbutbuys,th,,~ID.....~fromotherBritish-p'rocessorsandimportsfromBelgium,~'T~~~~'and,othercoun~es.Theol~healthma,rkshadbeen
~__~:tft
cleantraces,.
saying
PlatteKip(theFlenushandDutch
j.
r'c
icken
~.~t\maJl').edonthecrates.Thenewhealthmarks
l
didnothav,'batch/numbers,makingitdifficulttotracetheir
l~"
origin.'
_.-<",
Thevacuumpackswerecutopen'andtippedontothe
C9.1].-
veyorbelts.Severalchickenfilletsfelldownthrough'thegaps
1
"''''"arta'''stayeoat
ourfeetwhilewepacked.intoSainsbury'straysfor
I
thenextcoupleofhours.
j'"
Therewas),.?ito~Q_onthelinebythen.Thec~@lmwrapperke;}j~ngandtheLithuaniannexttomewaslndi-\eating
fairly
dtc~u
y
thatmyelbowsweretilinguptoomuch
Chicken,
9
space.Furtherdownthelineworkersweresticking
a
BuyOne,GetOneFreelabeloneachpackasitemerged
from
thewrapper,before
it
trundledontoget
its
BritishredtractorlogoandanewSainsbu:ry's"l;ber:;;Itha'sellby
27
November'and'useby
2,7
November'datestamp.Sainsbury'shadtoldruethepreviousweek
that
allits
freshmeatwas'completelytraceable'toinspectedandapprovedslaughterhouseswhich
did
notusesubcontractors.Whenweconfronted-thecompanywithoutevidence.itsaidthat
it
was'shocked'thatasupplierhadbrokentheir'agreementandus~~anothp'cotnp.~ytocutitschickenwithoutitsknowledge~''f!!:iJprid{o~r~:IY_eSonthei~tegri~andtraceabilityofour.food,and
tak.e..l1i:i§
extremelyseriously.Itaddedthatthechickenhadundergonetheusualtests.andposednohealthrisk"tocustomers.Thecompanysaid.it'wouldcompletelyreviewitsmeat-buyingandintroducechanges.Seniorsourcessaythishassincehappep:edf""~',T'tangl~that
is
UKfo~dan~labellinglawalso.becameappareitc-ItwouldnotactuallybeillegaltolabelforeignmeatwiththeBritishredtractorlogo,whichinlawmeans'British
farm
standard',notnecessarilyproducedinBritain,althoughofcoursemostcustomerswouldbesurprisedtodiscoverthat.Theuse-bydateonthegiant'vacuumpacks
I
hadhelpedto
repack-:
wouldhavelegalstatusandcouldnotbechangediftheyhadbeenintendedforacaterer(asGMBMeatstoldustheywere)but
not
iftheywereforanindustrialcustomerrepackingthem.Puttingthefillets
in
newpackswithdifferentdatesmightmeanthatthe'freshchicken'waseightdaysold,butitwouldstillmeetSainsbury'sspecification.LloydMaunder,'havingbeenaskedbyustocheck,s-aidatfirstthatchickenfromGMBwasonlyeverpackedforcateringcustomerswhodidnotspecifyarequiredcountryoforigin.GMBdidnotseektoclaimthemeatwasBritish,sayingonlythatitcamefromEU-approvedsources.LloydMaundersubsequentlysaidthatithadpackedGMBchickenforSainsbury's,explainingthat
it
didveryoccasionally
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10
NotontheLabel
useotherprocessorstocutitsownbirdsforSainsbury's,andthatthatwaswhathadhappenedinthiscase.Officially,itcouldonlydothiswithadvancenotice,yetSainsbury'sdidnotknowwhathadhappened.LloydMaunder'srepresentativesaidthatthecompanyemployedthehigheststandardsofcareintheoperationofItsbusinesswithitscustomers.Whenithadcompletedanauditofthefa<;toryaftermyinvestigation,Sains-bury'ssaid
it
wassatisfiedthateverythingwasinorder.Tradingstandardsofficialssaidtheyhadfoundnothingtoinvestigate.SourcesatthefactorysaythatchangeshavealsobeenmadethereSInce.Sainsbury'ssubsequentlyinformedmethattheyrefutedanyimpliedorstatedsuggestionthatSainsbury'ssoldchickenwithaltereduse-bydatesorthattheyOroneoftheirsuppliersextendedtheoriginalspecifieduse-bydateofchicken.TheyalsosaidthatchickenatLloydMaunderwasrepackedintoSainsbury'Spackagingandthatthedateonthefirstpacketreferredtoa'repack-by'date;andthatthedateontheirownpackagingwasthe'usee-by'dateforcustomers.
~,
'
'7hoseworkingonthefrontlineofenforcementinthemeattradefearthatthesystemofhealthmarkinggenerallyhasbrokendownandisno.longersufficienttoprotectthepublic.Justhowvital.traceability
I
isbecameclearwhenthepet-foodscandalcametolight.SueSonnex,achiefenvironmentalhealthofficerinDerbyshire,remembersclearlythedayinDecember
2000
thatrecycledpetfoodenteredherlife.Ananonymouscallerhadtippedoffthecouncilthatacompanyonitspatch,DenbyPoultry,wastakingcondemnedchicken-diseasedandcontam--inatedbirdsfrombigfactorieswhichshouldhavebeensentforrenderingortobeturnedintopetfood-andtrimming
it,
washingitwithbleach,andcleaningitupbeforesellingitbackintothehumanfoodchain.
:'L\
ForthenexttwoyearsthelivesofSueSonnexandher~colleaguesweredominatedbytheattempttounwindthecompli-
Chicken
II
catedthreadsthatlinkedDenbytoover
1,000
otherfoodmanu-facturers,wholesalersandretailersaroundthecountry.Sonnexwantedtoknownotjusthowfarthechickenhadgonebut,moreimportantly,whythesystemallowedsuchabuses.EnvironmentalhealthcolleaguesinRotherhamhaddiscoveredasimilarscamtorecyclepetfoodandachievedaconvictionin
2000,
butthetentaclesofthatoperationreachedfarandwideandtherehadnotbeenthemoneytopursuethem.Othercaseswerecorningupinotherareas.Itseemedtobethetipofaniceberg~~.flR.?..atlaundering.
~'~S;~~·
quicklyrealizedtheweaknesseso~theinspecti~n.."....system.Investigatorsfoundhealthmarksbelongingtoonemajorfactoryandsupposedlyuniquetoitlyingaroundinanothercuttingplant.Themarkshadbeenfaked-;easilydone-intheDenbycase.DenbyPoultryProductswasapet-food-processingplantinDerbyshireregisteredtoreceivelow-riskwasteforuseinpetfoods.Butitwaslaunderingbothlow-riskwaste'andhigh-riskwastecarryinghepatitis,StaphylococciandE.coli-septicaemiabackintothehumanfoodchain.Itsoldcleaned-upwastetoanothercompanywhichappliedillegitimatehealthmarkstoitbeforesellingitontoothercompanies,TheownerofDenbyPoultry,PeterRoberts,knowninthetradeasMaggotPete,wasfoundguiltyinhisabsenceatNottinghamCrownCourtin
2003.
Heisthoughttohavefledthecountry.Fiveothermenpleadedguiltytoconspiracytodefraud.
t~l\
Officialvetsareemployedat
all
meatfactoriestooversee
~~.'
inspectionofpoultry,includingwaste.Butbecausethereisashortageoflocalvets,manyofthemarenowyoungSpanishwomen.Theycanfeelisolatedandintimidated,andareoftenignorantofBritishlaw.Manyoftheabusestakeplaceatnightaftertheinspectorshavegonehome.~;.\M~attro~thecompaniesinvol~edinther~cycling.had~nded
Y
UPI
via
majormanufacturersPerkinsandShippams,
111
chickenproductsontheshelvesofTesco.andSainsbury'sandinKwik-save,andinschoolsandhospitalsaroundthecountry,triggering

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