And it turns out that soy is quite harmful when it comes to ambient air pollutants. That’s right, your little salad bean friend and health-food staple is hurting the lungs of soy factory workers.

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A soy processing plant in Tennessee was the site for a study composed by the CDC to determine the rate of asthma in its workers. The results were quite shocking. Of the 281 employees surveyed, 9% of them reported being diagnosed with asthma by their doctors, and 29% experienced wheezing when breathing in the past year. At nearly 70% higher than the average for adult Americans, the rates of asthma is soy processing plant workers is astonishing.

The factory tested processes soy flakes and further breaks them down to dust, which poses more of a risk for airborne contaminants with workers. Dust particles can cause inflammation in the lungs, and because soy can also be an allergen, the reaction in the workers is probably strong than most.

So, what’s the solution?

Soy plant processing managers have realized the need for indoor air quality and the control of ambient air particles. So, respiratory masks for workers along with heavy-duty, deep bed activated carbon air filtration systems are in need.

Units from Electrocorp offer solutions to unique air quality issues like those at soy processing plants. Just like Baker’s Asthma, respiratory distress due to soy dust exposure can be controlled for the betterment of plant employees.