Low Fines For Meatpackers’ Safety Problems Highlight High Cost Of Cheap Meat

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PHOTO: Harvest Public Media Cheap Meat Death
Greta Horner holds a photo of her and her husband Ralph taken a few months before he died at a Greeley meatpacking plant.

Work can be a hazardous place for people who prepare the nation's beef, pork and poultry. And when safety violations happen, reporter Luke Runyon found there's little in the form of punishment for the violators. Runyon is with Harvest Public Media. It's a reporting collaborative of public radio stations in the Midwest. His reporting focused on a local meatpacking company called JBS as part of a larger investigation, "Dangerous Jobs, Cheap Meat." He spoke with Colorado Matters host Nathan Heffel.