Delphi pork slaughterhouse is site of...

Delphi pork slaughterhouse is site of illnesses similar to ones...

There are 2 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jan 18, 2008, titled Delphi pork slaughterhouse is site of illnesses similar to ones.... In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

A pork-processing plant in Delphi, Ind., has been identified as the slaughterhouse where two workers have fallen sick with symptoms resembling those seen in a dozen workers at a Minnesota facility.

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Betsy Boxell

United States

#1 Jan 19, 2008
This seems pretty blown out of proportion to me. The symptoms of the two Indiana employees are consistent with lots of common conditions too and earlier reports suggested that the two folks had even been diagnosed with completely different conditions. Also, even if they were the same condition, the fact that 2 people happen to have an illness at the same time out of nearly 2000 employees doesn't seem to be particularly noteworthy (particularly when employees have been following that same process for 10 or 12 years!). I also heard that the two individuals in Indiana live in the same apartment building, meaning that the even if there was some link in the conditions, the cause could be either random/coincidence or related to a lot of other factors too. This just seems like sensationalism at its finest.
Ben Harrison

Carmel, IN

#2 Jan 19, 2008
I've got a buddy at Indiana Packers and he says most of the folks are bummed out that they've stopped the process. They've been doing it for years without any issues. The paper seems to make a big deal out of the fact that only a handful of plants use the air compression process. The irony is that those plants adopted that technique because it's actually SAFER for employees. A lot of older, more antiquated plants use an automated cleaver/saw that splits the pig skull to allow brain harvest, and that process leads to repetitive motion injuries and has also led to countless smashed fingers and amputations for workers. The air method obviously avoids those risks. But I guess the news is otherwise slow and that doesn't make for as sexy a story...

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