OMAHA, Nebraska – Investigators found at least 50 children as young as 14 years old cleaning and sanitizing potentially hazardous machinery at five different meatpacking plants in the states of Nebraska, Minnesota, and Arkansas. As a result, a federal judge issued an order to a Wisconsin company that cleans hundreds of slaughterhouses across the country to ensure that it is in compliance with child labor laws.
In addition, Packers Sanitation Services Inc. has reached an agreement with the Department of Labor, which was also made public on Tuesday. As a component of that, the corporation committed to engage the services of an independent consultant to conduct a review of its recruiting policies and deliver further training to its management. The investigation into the incident is still in its preliminary stages, and the investigators have hundreds of pages of documents from other plants to investigate.
Around 17,000 individuals are employed by the organization, and they are spread out across more than 700 locations across the country.