Claims for Neurological Illness Against Pork Processor Dismissed
A federal inspector who alleged that he was injured after coming into contact with an air compression machine used to harvest pig brains in
a pork processing plant has apparently agreed to dismiss his claims. Kinney v. Hormel Foods & Quality Pork Processors, No. __ (Third Jud. Dist., Minn., claimed filed January 2009). Dale Kinney, a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector, reportedly sought $50,000 in damages for injury allegedly caused by his proximity to a machine that has purportedly been linked to neurological illness in some employees. According to a news source, a state court judge entered an order dismissing the suit with prejudice. A Hormel spokesperson reportedly said, “We were pleased to receive notification that the plaintiff offered to drop the suit and that the case was dismissed.” See Meatingplace.com, February 9, 2009.