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Document ID (ISN)109117
CIS number 09-67
ISSN - Serial title 1232-1087 - International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Sahakian N., Kullman G., Lynch D., Kreiss K.
Title Asthma arising in flavoring-exposed food production workers
Bibliographic information 2nd Quarter 2008, Vol.21, No.2, p.173-177. 9 ref.
Abstract While working for a small family-owned popcorn popping company, all of the three non-smoking workers developed a respiratory disease. The specifics of these cases and their exposures were investigated. Personal air samples were obtained and analyzed by GC/MS. The air samples were found to contain different aldehydes. The data from interview and medical records, together with high resolution computed tomograms of the chest indicated the presence of occupational asthma in all the three workers and possible bronchiolitis obliterans in two of them. These findings emphasize the need for exposure reduction and medical surveillance among workers exposed to flavouring chemicals, and provides evidence for an increased risk of occupational asthma and bronchiolitis obliterans among these workers.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; USA; food industry; food additives; asthma
Descriptors (secondary) mass spectrometry; small enterprises; public OSH institutions; case study; bronchiolitis; tomography; sampling and analysis; determination in air; medical supervision; gas chromatography; limitation of exposure
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Food industry
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)