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Cost of bringing poultry to the table comes at expense of workers

In "The Cruelest Cuts," a six-part series by The Charlotte Observer, the paper examines the human cost of bringing poultry to the table. The series illustrates how one N.C.-based poultry processor, House of Raeford Farms, masked injuries inside its plants and ignored its largely Latino workers who complained of debilitating pain. To conduct the series, the newspaper interviewed more than 200 poultry workers across the Southeast and reviewed thousands of pages of OSHA documents, academic studies, workers' compensation cases and rarely-examined company injury logs. Said a top OSHA official about the newspaper's findings: "This is abuse. I don't know what else to call it."

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