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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Exploitation Causes Food Poisoning

Jun 26, 2023

According to a recent report from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), workers who showed up sick or contagious at work were linked to about 40% of restaurant food poisoning outbreaks between 2017 and 2019, where a cause could be determined. The most common causes of the 800 outbreaks studied were norovirus and salmonella germs.

Eighty-five percent of the surveyed restaurants said they had policies prohibiting sick staff from working. But only 44% of managers said their restaurants paid workers for sick leave. So, the majority of sick workers had to choose between staying home or getting paid.

It’s no wonder that many workers came into work sick!

The CDC estimates that about 48 million people a year are sickened by food poisoning. About 128,000 are hospitalized and 3000 die.

The drive for ever more profits by restaurant companies is causing widespread illness and even death.