meat·​pack·​ing | \ ˈmēt-ˌpa-kiŋ How to pronounce meatpacking (audio) \

Definition of meatpacking

: the wholesale meat industry

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Recent Examples on the Web The family’s attorney, Bridget Duignan, said the outcome of the lawsuit could have far-reaching effects on the meatpacking industry, which faced pressure across the country over safety measures as COVID-19 spread. Sarah Freishtat,, "After losing her mother to COVID-19, Aurora woman left to grapple with pain and grief during a pandemic," 30 Dec. 2020 In June, the coronavirus tore through a Cache County meatpacking plant infecting some 300 workers, most of them Latino or refugees. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Robert Gehrke: This tough year has included so many inspiring acts," 26 Nov. 2020 Faster line speeds could mean more workers at factories at one time and also increase employee injuries, said Marc Perrone, president of the union, which represents more than 250,000 meatpacking and food processing workers. Mike Dorning,, "Trump Administration Makes Last Push to Speed Up Chicken Lines Despite Pandemic," 11 Nov. 2020 The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union has likewise urged federal health officials to grant early vaccine access for essential workers at grocery stores, meatpacking and food-processing facilities. Author: Ryan Beene, Michael Hirtzer, Anchorage Daily News, "With freezers in tow, U.S. employers rush to fill vaccine void," 10 Dec. 2020 The state is one of the nation’s top producers of corn and hogs, and also has a large meatpacking industry. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Biden Expected to Nominate Marcia Fudge to Lead HUD, Tom Vilsack to Head Agriculture Again," 8 Dec. 2020 But as recently as last year, researchers continued to lay out the challenges American meatpacking plants would face during an outbreak. Michael Grabell, ProPublica, "Meatpacking Companies Dismissed Years of Warnings but Now Say Nobody Could Have Prepared for COVID-19," 20 Aug. 2020 The conclusions draw attention to the role of the meatpacking industry in the pandemic and the Trump administration’s controversial approach to workplace safety as outbreaks at slaughterhouses emerged. Mike Dorning,, "Meatpacking Link Found in Up to 8% of Early U.S. Covid Cases," 23 Nov. 2020 The meatpacking industry would likely challenge any such requirements, experts agreed. USA TODAY, "Plagued by COVID outbreaks, the meatpacking industry could be forced to change under Biden," 21 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of meatpacking

1857, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jan 2021

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“Meatpacking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of meatpacking

US : the business of killing animals for meat and getting the meat ready to be sold

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