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HHE Report No. HETA-87-112-1922, E.S.I. Meats, Inc., Bristol, Indiana.

Authors
Galson-SK; Boiano-JM
Source
NIOSH 1988 Aug:30 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00183537
Abstract
In response to a request from three employees at E.S.I. Meats, Inc. (SIC-2013), Bristol, Indiana an investigation was made of respiratory symptoms among workers exposed to meat tenderizers. The facility was a meat portioning plant which used the proteolytic enzyme meat tenderizer papain (9001734) as a component of spice mixtures sprayed on some steaks prior to packaging. Medical studies indicated that immunoglobulin-E mediated tenderizer related occupational asthma (TROA) occurred among the workers. The prevalence of possible or definite TROA among this workforce was at least 8 percent and the prevalence among tenderizer exposed workers was at least 12 percent. The prevalence among symptomatic workers was 58 percent. Immunologic sensitivity to tenderizer in the absence of reported symptoms, observed in 11 participants, may be a predictor of the development of asthma with continued exposure. The authors conclude that a hazard existed from occupational exposure to proteolytic enzyme meat tenderizers. The authors recommend that worker exposure to proteolytic enzymes be reduced as low as possible through better engineering controls. Appropriate respiratory protection should be used until effective engineering controls are in place. All skin contact with the spice solutions or meat treated with spice should be avoided.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-87-112-1922; Region-5; Hazard-Confirmed; Food-processing-industry; Meat-handlers; Meat-packing-industry; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Bronchial-asthma;
CAS No.
9001-73-4;
Publication Date
19880801
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1988
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-139232
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-87-112-1922
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Priority Area
Pulmonary-system-disorders
SIC Code
2013;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-87-112-1922, 30 pages, 14 references
State
IN; OH;
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