The sanitation company allegedly used child labor to scrub the slaughterhouse


Wisconsin industrial cleaning company is accused of illegal exploitation of working childrenincluding one, who was 13 years old, cleaning meat processing plants in Minnesota and Nebraska.

According civil lawsuit filed by the US Department of Labor in the U.S. District Court of Nebraska, Packers Sanitation Services Inc. employed more than 30 children aged 13 to 17 as cleaners at JBS USA’s meat processing plants in Grand Island, Nebraska and Worthington, Minnesota, and at Turkey Valley Farms, Marshall, Minnesota. Federal labor law prohibits the use of workers under the age of 18 for killing floors or on mechanized processing equipment because the work is federally named “dangerous occupation.”

The company is charged with violating federal labor law by hiring at least one employee under the age of 14 to clean a slaughterhouse and packing meat, employing children under the age of 15 to work night shifts during the school year, and hiring employees under the age of 18 to work killing the floor and cleaning of electrically powered machines.

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