By Pork news staff
Federal health officials are investigating the possibility that illnesses among pork plant workers in
“The afflicted employees work in areas in which compressed air is used for removal of brain tissue,” said Lola Russell, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"We're letting people know that the illnesses are not associated with eating or handling pork products, but is specifically related to slaughterhouse workers who handle pig heads," she said.
Asked what specifically about the use of compressed air to remove pig brains is causing illness in the workers, she responded, "It's still under investigation."
The problem surfaced in early December when 11 workers at Austin, Minn.-based Quality Pork Processors Inc. fell ill with neurological sickness. Quality Pork promptly halted harvesting pig brain tissue as a precaution.
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