Ethics case study



Ethicscase study


Corporateorganizations providing food products in the market have a legal andethical responsibility of ensuring that the product they provide inthe market meet the maximum health standards. This is based on theunderstanding that defective products that are harmful for humanconsumption may have short term and long term health impacts on thehealth of the clients. The united states have laws that govern thesale of food products in the country. It is against the law for afood manufacturer or processor to sell contaminated food products. Incase a food product in the market is found to be contaminated, themanufacturer can be fined heavily by the federal government. However,even in cases where the producer is not caught, it is ethically wrongto sell contaminated products in the market.


Themanagement of the organization had proposed a reduction in the costof operation. However, after buying contaminated corn, disposing itwould increase the cost of production further. As a result, themanagement would be forced to lay off some of the workers. However,suggestions probably from one of the workers suggest that thecontaminated corn should be processed and shipped to Mexico.Additionally, the person who made the suggestion states that it iswrong to use contaminated corn. However, for the sake of his job, heproposes that the contaminated product should be processed andshipped to Mexico. Although it is not illegal to export contaminatedproducts, it is ethically wrong.


Thereare several pressures that have resulted into the scenario in thecase. First, George Wilson is trying to reduce the cost of operationsince his boss, Jakes Lamont, is concerned about the increased costof production. Additionally, the company is faced with intensecompetition from another company that has threatened to take themarket due to their competitive prices. He has no option of reducingthe price because the cost of production already high. As a result,he seeks for cheaper corn, which is unfortunately contaminated.Disposing the contaminated corn will result into further increase incost of production. This will result into some of the employeeslosing their jobs to cut cost. This results into an ethical dilemma.


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