On its website, Chick-fil-A proudly touts a commitment to serving chicken that’s high-quality and devoid of hormones and antibiotics and raising chickens with their wellbeing in mind. But even if customers can breathe easy about the poultry pieces in their soup, that doesn’t mean the meat is completely problem-free. Perhaps the employee whose exposé fell flat on TikTok was just trying to milk the wrong controversy-cow.
One could argue that the real chicken story is that sanitation workers of the Foster Farms in Compton, California have readied themselves for a strike. The issue, as the Associated Press writes, is that a new contract has lumbered the workers with 20% of all healthcare costs in what is a dangerous industry. The facility supplies chickens for Chick-fil-A as well as poultry products for Walmart and Costco.
The decision comes roughly nine months after a study shared by WFPL found that poultry plants that received permission from the government to increase their production speed also doubled the rate of the COVID infections. It’s another example of how the work required to get the chickens into Chick-fil-A and the rest of the industry can take a steep toll on employees.
However, as Poultry Times reported in May, plants have been responding to labor shortages by trying to make themselves more attractive to potential employees. If Foster Farms takes note, a bright future could consist entirely of trivial videos of non-stories concerning slightly older chicken meat going into soup.