Andrew Wasley is an award-winning investigative journalist specialising in food & environment issues

‘No running water’: foreign workers criticise UK farm labour scheme

Seasonal workers in the UK were subjected to “unacceptable” welfare conditions, according to a government review. Issues cited by workers included a lack of health and safety equipment, racism, and accommodation without any bathrooms, running water or kitchens.
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Revealed: Shocking safety record of UK meat plants

18 workers lost fingers, parts of fingers or limbs and over 100 suffered serious injuries including damage to eyesight, and crush injuries to head or torso in just one year, between 2016-17.
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Two amputations a week: the cost of working in a US meat plant

Amputations, fractured fingers, burns and head trauma are just some of the serious injuries suffered by US meat plant workers every week, according to data seen by the Guardian.
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Hard labour in the orange groves

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Blood fish: why prawns should be blacklisted from all our shopping baskets

A disturbing new investigation by the Ecologist has shone a light on the appalling labour conditions experienced by some Burmese migrants working onboard Thai fishing boats.
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UK chicken farming puts workers at risk

Britain’s poultry sector is in the midst of its annual Christmas bonanza as consumers splash out on festive supplies. But as people rush to get their meat they may be unaware of a dark side to this industry. Previous investigations by the Guardian have uncovered a catalogue of alleged hygiene failings in the poultry industry. And now there are also concerns about working conditions.
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PG Tips and Lipton tea hit by 'sexual harassment and poor conditions' claims

It is one of the flagship plantations of the world’s biggest tea company, stretching across more than 30,000 acres of land and employing 16,000 people. But the Kericho tea estate in Kenya, operated by Unilever – manufacturer of PG Tips and Lipton – is at the centre of controversy over allegations of sexual harassment and poor working and living conditions for some employees, the Ecologist can reveal.
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