Health/Nutrition/Food Safety

East Idaho potato processing plant fined after gas release

Federal authorities have fined an Idaho food processing company $273,000 following the release of a dangerous gas. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Tuesday announced the fine against Dickinson Frozen Foods. Federal officials say the large release of anhydrous ammonia in December 2015 at the eastern Idaho plant in Sugar City where Dickinson Frozen Foods process potatoes didn’t cause any injuries but other major ammonia releases at the facility have. “It’s a miracle no Dickinson Frozen Foods employees were killed or hurt last year,” David Kearns, Idaho director for OSHA, said in a statement. Authorities say the plant lacks an adequate emergency response program and failed to equip employees with protective gear. More

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