"Rotting Meat, Security Documents, and Corporal Punishment" - Dave Savini - Nieman Reports

"Rotting Meat, Security Documents, and Corporal Punishment" - Dave Savini - Nieman Reports

A local Chicago investigative reporter uses shoe-leather techniques and digital tools to uncover health and safety violations and be sure the news is widely spread

by: Dave Savini | publication date: June 1, 2009 |

"On a hot summer day, a truck backs into a loading bay in Chicago’s popular Fulton Street meat market. The truck’s driver has no idea his every move is being captured on a small video camera. Thousands of pounds of pork, cases of yogurt, and crates filled with fruits and vegetables are loaded onto a truck that has no refrigeration. It’s an illegal load. Outside temperatures reach nearly 90 degrees. The yogurt can spoil in the heat. The pork (whole pigs) is dripping blood and other moisture onto peppers and tomatoes, which is a serious violation of public health codes and can lead to cross contamination."

Investigative reporter Dave Savini videotaped a grocery store illegally transporting goods.

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