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Document ID (ISN)103549
CIS number 04-586
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Netto G.F., Johnson E.S.
Title Mortality in workers in poultry slaughtering/processing plants: The Missouri poultry cohort study
Bibliographic information Oct. 2003, Vol.60, No.10, p.784-788. 10 ref.
Abstract Subjects who work in poultry slaughtering and processing plants have one of the highest human exposures to viruses that cause cancer in chickens and turkeys. It is not known whether these viruses cause cancer in humans also. Epidemiological studies investigating this issue are scarce. Therefore mortality was studied during the period 1969-90 in a cohort of 7700 subjects who worked in poultry slaughtering and processing plants and were members of a local poultry union in the State of Missouri. Statistically significant excess risks of non-malignant respiratory diseases and symptoms, senility and ill-defined conditions, and increased but not statistically significant excesses for some cancers were observed in particular race/sex groups. Most of these results were based on small numbers of deaths, and in many cases were evident only in particular subgroups of the cohort. The cohort being young, with only 6% deceased at the end of follow up, further follow up of this cohort is required before a reliable assessment of the potential risk associated with viruses from chicken and turkey can be made.
Descriptors (primary) Missouri; chickens; meat industry; mortality; slaughtering; viruses
Descriptors (secondary) race-linked differences; USA; frequency rates; sex-linked differences; cohort study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Food industry
Animal hazards