Pork worker struck with neurological illness
A former worker at a Hormel Foods pork plant in
Fremont, Nebraska, has the same neurological illness that hit meatpackers in
Minnesota and Indiana.
Chief medical officer for the state of Nebraska, Dr Joanne Schaefer,
confirmed that a meatpacker has contracted a condition officials are calling
progressive inflammatory neuropathy, or PIN.
The man apparently worked in a part of the processing plant that uses a
high-pressure air system to remove pig brains, like the workers in Minnesota and Indiana.
"The plant has stopped the process in question," said Schaefer. "We have
interviewed his family and anyone potentially exposed to that process and have
one confirmed case."
Schaefer said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will
follow up with more interviews next week.
She emphasised that "the food chain is safe, and general public shouldn't
have any worries".
â€¢ Hormel Foods
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