Sorrento Faces Chemical Safety Fine

Thursday, May 3, 2012 @ 06:05 PM gHale

A Buffalo cheese factory is facing $241,000 in fines for 13 violations of workplace safety standards, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.

Sorrento Lactalis Inc.’s plans for managing potentially hazardous ammonia at the facility are inadequate, OSHA said. Sorrento said it will contest the findings.

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OSHA said inspectors found Sorrento, which uses the ammonia in its refrigeration process, lacked procedures and tests to maintain the integrity of its equipment. OSHA said the company faced similar citations for the same issues in the past, at an Idaho plant.

Sorrento said in a statement it remains committed to employee safety and compliance with federal and state laws. The company says it will work with OSHA to resolve the issues.

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