The ethical situation that has been described with respect to the case of the maggot laden milkshakes ultimately has several key components. The first and most obvious aspect has to do with the fact that George it is intrinsically uncomfortable with the thought of allowing non-foodgrade materials to be process and released for the public to consume. However, a high level of pressure also exists on George to continue on with the process; even without filters. Both his direct manager and all of his subordinates are of the opinion that the lapse in safety is not instituted a clear concern; due to the fact that the product will ultimately be their eyes one the mixture has been completed.
Within this line of thinking, both George and his subordinates are of the opinion that the lab in protocol matters little; if at all. However, in tandem with this understanding, there is also extreme pressure both from George’s manager and his subordinates to ensure that the workday does not run over and allotted time; a culturally reinforced expectation that has come to see many corners in the past and employees behaving more as if they are still in school as compared to performing extraordinarily important job relating to food safety and the overall health of the general public.
With these pressures in mind, the ethical decision that George is forced to make is of course more difficult; however, be in the result must necessarily be the same. From the information that has been presented, George does not have any alternative but to stop the production line and ensure that the filters are cleaned and replaced at each and every juncture.
Alternatively, an issue can be raised with upper management once the process has been completed; however, further argument with the direct manager is neither feasible nor beneficial; due to the fact that the manager in direct oversight of George does not appear to have any concern with respect to the overall health and safety of the general public. Another rationale behind this ethical decision, which can in turn be related to upper management is with respect to the role that George’s fulfilling in seeking to ensure the company’s long-term success and profitability.
Whereas upper management might not appreciate the fact that the production line took two or three times longer to complete its order as compared to if the filters had been removed, George should necessarily relate the fact that lapses in safety protocols have cost food production Giants such as craft and Nestlé tens of millions of dollars in profitability; due to the fact that consumers of come to understand that their products are somehow one state or that the manufacturer is not totally focused on providing quality at each and every juncture.
Essentially, the ethical decision that must be made is whether or not George’s willing to put his career on the line with respect to what is right and ethical. Whereas it is always easy to review a moral and ethical situation and provide insight on it, the decision will necessarily be much harder if this analyst is ever placed in a similar situation to that in which George is currently experiencing.