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Document ID (ISN)107438
CIS number 07-1319
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Jensen A., Dahl S., Sherson D., Sommer B.
Title Respiratory complaints and high sensitization rate at a rennet-producing plant
Bibliographic information Oct. 2006, Vol.49, No.10, p.858-861. Illus. 6 ref.
Abstract Workers in a rennet producing plant reported airway symptoms, mainly rhinitis. Rennet was produced as fluid and powder with proteolytic enzymes as the active component. Data on airway symptoms and known allergies were collected and prick tests with the rennet types produced in the plant and standard allergens were carried out on 35 exposed employees. An identical prick test was carried out on 28 unexposed controls. Twenty-one employees had hay fever-like symptoms, including 10 mainly at work. Nine had mild to moderate asthma-like symptoms, including six mainly at work. Fourteen had a positive prick test to one or more rennets. The sensitization rate was highest among employees with regular contact to rennet powder.
Descriptors (primary) rhinitis; sensitization; food industry; proteolytic enzymes
Descriptors (secondary) allergens; Denmark; symptoms; frequency rates; case-control study; allergy tests; skin tests; allergic asthma
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Food industry
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)