Ammonia Leak Shuts AR Turkey Plant

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 @ 09:11 AM gHale


An ammonia leak halted production at a Butterball turkey plant at 12:30 a.m. November 6 in Jonesboro, AR.

The Jonesboro area had been experiencing some stormy weather, which caused a power outage at the turkey plant. A fire battalion chief who responded to the leak said the power outage could have been what prompted the ammonia leak.

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Operations at the Butterball plant were suspended, and company officials were assessing when operations could resume. No one suffered an injury in the incident.

Emergency crews left the scene around 6 a.m.

Butterball is the largest turkey company in the United States. According to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, the company slaughtered 1.38 billion pounds of live turkeys in 2016. Butterball has four slaughter plants, seven processing plants and three hatcheries.



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