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Respiratory tract illness in meat wrappers.
Falk H; Portnoy B
JAMA J Am Med Assoc 1976 Mar; 235(9):915-917
Report of a questionnaire survey done in 152 Houston supermarkets to assess the prevalence of respiratory tract symptoms in meat wrappers exposed to the thermal decomposition fumes of polyvinyl-chloride (PVC) (9002862) film wrap and in two supermarket control groups, checkers and meat cutters. Meat wrappers are found to have increased respiratory tract symptoms, 12 percent of smokers (versus 6 percent and 2 percent of controls), and 5 percent of non-smokers among meat wrappers show multiple respiratory tract symptoms. Results indicate the probability that a large number of meat wrappers can have mild symptoms with some progressing to more severe respiratory impairment or clinical asthma.
NIOSH-Author; Respiratory-system-disorders; Meat-wrapping; Food-processing-industry; Polymers; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons; Plastics; Packaging-industry; Lung-disorders
Issue of Publication
Journal of the American Medical Association
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