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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Airborne Pigs' Brains

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2007 at 9:00 AM

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Health authorities suspect that workers at a slaughterhouse in Minnesota are getting sick from inhaling airborne brain matter from pigs. That's a pleasant thought. Eleven workers, all of whom specialize in cutting up pigs' heads and removing the brains using compressed air, have reported neurological problems including numbness and tingling. From the AP:

"Compressed air could turn some brain matter into a mist that could be inhaled by workers, said Mike Doyle, a microbiologist who heads the University of Georgia's Center for Food Safety."

"In a rapid-fire process that is noisy, smelly and bloody, severed pigs' heads are cut up at the head table at a rate of more than 1,100 an hour. Workers slice off the cheek and snout meat, then insert a nozzle in the head and blast air inside until the light pink mush that is the brain tissue squirts out from the base of the skull."

(via Boing Boing)

-- Brian Bernbaum

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