You might be wondering, “What are some common diseases from packing houses?”. That’s a great question and I think anyone interested in working in this industry should have the answers prepared.
It may surprise you that the CDC does not regulate any type of food safety. That means workers at these facilities can exposed to these diseases every day. The following is a list of common diseases from packing houses and their symptoms.
What are Common Diseases from Packing Houses?
Packing houses places where animals slaughtered, cut into pieces and packaged. The main focus of packing houses is to make sure that the animals are healthy, their meat is safe for consumption, and that their meat is free from bacteria and other harmful substances.
There are many jobs that people do in a packing house. Some of these jobs include cutting up the animal into smaller pieces, packing them into boxes, and freezing the meat.
The air in a packing house can filled with dust, blood and other fluids from the animals processed at any given time. These conditions can lead to health problems for workers who spend time inside these buildings daily.
Common Diseases from Packing Houses
Some common diseases that can contracted while working in a packing house include:
Tuberculosis (TB) causes bacteria called Mycobacterium Leprae. Which causes inflammation of the lungs or lung lining leading to coughing up blood or mucus as well as other symptoms such as fever and weight loss over time if untreated correctly;
2) Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) causes inflammation of liver tissue.
Salmonella is a bacteria that causes diarrhoea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12-72 hours after ingestion. It’s most commonly found in chicken or beef products, though it can also infect other meats as well.
Norovirus, which causes stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting within 24 hours after exposure to contaminated food or water (such as shellfish).
There is a variety of diseases that can contracted at packing houses.
- Skin infections (such as ringworm and impetigo)
- Viral infections (such as chickenpox and shingles)
- Bacterial infections (such as tuberculosis and meningitis)
As you may have heard, there’s been some trouble in the packing houses lately.
Here we’re not only concerned about what this means for our bottom line we’re also concerned about the health of the workers who are employed by those packing houses. That’s why we’ve put together a list of common diseases that can be contracted while working in a packing house environment.
We hope this information helps you make smart choices about where and how long you work so that you can stay healthy and make sure your family is taken care of as well!