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(article, Culinate staff)
In the July/August issue of Mother Jones, Ted Genoways examines the possible links between the production of Spam — yes, the infamous tinned meat product — and nerve disease in factory workers. In an echo of mad-cow disease, production staff at Hormel who spend all day standing in a fine mist of pig brains have been coming down with autoimmune nerve disorders. Genoways provides succinct histories both of Spam and of Hormel, and details the company's record of worker exploitation. The headline wrap-up: "First, Hormel gutted the union. Then it sped up the line. And when the pig-brain machine made workers sick, they got canned."