Chemical Leak at Poultry Plant Hurts 3

Friday, June 2, 2017 @ 02:06 PM gHale

A chemical leak at a Jefferson County, GA, poultry plant sent three people to the hospital Wednesday.

The three Coastal Processing workers ended up exposed to PAA, which Jefferson County EMS Director Maj. Chad Parker said is used as an antimicrobial. The chemical is a combination of peracetic acid, hydrogen peroxide, acetic acid and water.

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All three ended up treated and released, Jefferson Hospital chief executive Lou Semrad said. Semrad confirmed the individuals ended up decontaminated.

“When they use it to clean chickens, it’s in a diluted form. They were exposed to a concentrated version,” Semrad said.

Jim Anderson, the county’s EMA/911 director, said the chemical leak would not require a report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration .

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