Good Clean Fun at the Slaughterhouse
If you aren't a vegetarian (I’m not either), this grossout story might change your mind. Please put away all food and beverages before reading on.
We’re going to visit Quality Pork Processors Inc. in Austin, Minnesota. They have a work area called the Head Table. This is where workers cut the pigs’ heads open (hopefully AFTER the pig has already been slaughtered). Then they shoot compressed air into the skulls to get the brain matter out.
Severed pigs’ heads are processed at the Head Table at the rate of 1,100 per hour. Workers slice off the cheek and the snout and then insert a nozzle into the skull. The compressed air causes the brain matter to come blasting out of the base of the skull.
In addition to being gross, this process is a health hazard. Eleven workers from this plant — and all of them were employed at the Head Table — have developed severe numbness and other neurological symptoms. Five of these workers have been diagnosed with a rare immune disorder — Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) — which attacks the nerves. It produces numbness, tingling and weakness in the arms and legs. And the damage is often permanent.
Two neurologists from the Mayo Clinic think these illnesses were caused by inhaling airborne brain matter.
Mmmmmm… Yummy yummmm. Big steaming plate of ham, anyone?
Ahh, Pig Brain Mist — l’essence de L’Oreal.
Quality Pork Processors Inc. supplies their products to Hormel Foods Inc.
Minnesota health officials are saying the public is not at risk. And the Titanic is unsinkable.
On a related note: California might have a 2008 ballot initiative that would ban some of the most inhumane Factory Farm practices. The organization has until this February to collect enough signatures to qualify for the November 2008 ballot. There's nothing treehugging or touchy-feely about this initiative. Basically it would require that farm animals in cages have enough room to stand and turn around.
There's no online petition to click on, but if you're a California resident or would like to forward this information to anyone you know in California, here's their website.
cross-posted at Bring It On!