Ice cream plant workers

Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

Surprisingly, people who worked in ice cream plants before 1980 were moderately exposed to asbestos, as the equipment they would operate contained the toxic mineral. One of the most notorious ice cream manufacturers which employed asbestos during the last century is Sealtest Ice Cream, which was founded in 1935 by the National Dairy Products Corporation, a precursor of Kraft Foods, Inc. At the moment, Unilever holds the rights to Sealtest Ice Cream. The ice cream plant in Buffalo, New York exposed workers to asbestos to a considerable extent, which is why numerous former employees took legal action against it.

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Another ice cream plant that exposed workers to asbestos is Wilson Ice Cream, located in Benton Harbor, Michigan. By handling equipment insulated with asbestos, employees would release microscopic carcinogenic fibers in the air, which they would subsequently inhale and ingest. There is solid evidence that the Wilson Ice Cream plant used significant amounts of asbestos, such as blueprints and invoices from asbestos product manufacturers. It is important to know that, if you were exposed to asbestos while working at one of these ice cream plants before 1980, you are at high risk of developing a serious disease such as lung cancer or mesothelioma, which will occur within 20 to 50 years from your first asbestos exposure. For this reason, we strongly encourage people who held down a job at one of these ice cream plants to undergo periodical medical examination, as they may have unknowingly developed a disease.

Relevant job titles

  • ice cream manufacturer
  • production operator
  • quality assurance technician
  • ice cream plant operations manager


Filing a claim with asbestos trust funds does not disqualify you from disability compensation from the VA.

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Asbestos-related cancer eligible for filing a claim

If you developed one of the following cancers as a result of occupational exposure, you are eligible for compensation. If you are too ill, a family member can help you with the legal process. In the unfortunate event that you pass away before recovering compensation, your surviving family members will receive compensation on your behalf.

Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Throat Cancer Esophageal Cancer Bronchial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colorectal Cancer

If, however, you struggle with non-cancerous pleural diseases such as asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, pleural plaques, pleural effusion, diffuse pleural thickening, COPD (emphysema & chronic bronchitis), pleurisy, lung nodules, lung spots, asthma, pneumonitis, tuberculosis, rounded atelectasis or lung scarring, please seek a second or even a third opinion as the rate of misdiagnosis is very high among the victims of asbestos exposure.