A Minnesota man employed by a pork plant that supplies processed meat products to Hormel has filed suit against that company and the makers of a meat processing machine, claiming that the device he operated at the plant caused him to develop a rare neurological condition. Dale Kinney operated a machine that removed the brains from pork carcasses that were processed at the plant, and last year, he was among a group of workers who began to experience unusual neurological symptoms. Doctors investigating the case have termed the condition “progressive inflammatory neuropathy.” Although it is not yet known how the equipment was involved in causing or exacerbating the condition, Kinney and his attorneys claim that the defective device played a central role in the transmission of the mysterious illness. He is asking for at least $50,000 in damages.
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