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Lethal Poultry Plant Nitrogen Leak Started on Line, Board Says

Feb. 1, 2021, 11:41 PM

The nitrogen release that killed six workers and injured a dozen more at a Gainesville, Ga., poultry plant last week occurred as unplanned maintenance was being performed on a processing and freezing line, the federal Chemical Safety Board said.

The deadly Jan. 28 event at the Foundation Food Group facility, happened along a line where chicken is processed, to include seasoning, cooking, freezing, and then packaging, the board said Monday in a brief updateon its probe of the incident.

The CSB had announced on Saturday that investigators would focus attention on the plant’s cryogenic freezing system. The board investigates ...