FRONTLINE investigated how sweeping changes in the meat industry — making it vastly more centralized, high-tech and efficient — led to low prices, but also introduced new risks. (Aired 2002)
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The hamburger is as American as apple pie. When this documentary aired, the average American ate three a week — and hamburgers had become the engine of a vastly changed meat industry. In “Modern Meat,” FRONTLINE investigated whether dramatic changes in the U.S. meat industry were compromising the safety of America’s beef supply — and examined why contaminated meat was getting through the system.
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FRONTLINE is produced at GBH in Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding is provided by the Abrams Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Park Foundation; and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation.
Prologue - 0:00
Food Poisoning and the Safety of America’s Meat Supply - 1:22
The 1993 Jack-in-the-Box Food Poisoning Outbreak - 5:31
Raising Cattle That Become Hamburgers - 8:39
The Dangers of Antibiotic Resistance - 14:09
Inside the Meat-Packing Business - 16:26
The USDA and the Debate Over Meat Safety Regulations - 24:06
Globalization and Food Safety - 39:34
The Meat Industry’s Safety Push - 47:48
Credits - 52:10