Workers at the XL Foods plant were apparently aware of problems.
Tom Hesse with the United Food and Commercial Workers said the union has heard from employees about problems that could lead to tainted meat. ”Some [workers] are saying to us, ‘No, I wouldn’t eat the product that’s produced in my own workplace’,” said Hesse. “They tell us that management has a general lack of concern for food safety practices.” The union held a special meeting with about a dozen XL Foods workers this week. There were reports that workers didn’t sterilize their knives between cuts and if they did, they couldn’t keep up with the workflow, said Hesse.