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Milwaukee's Cargill Plant Cited for Safety Violations
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 12/12/2011

A Milwaukee meat processing facility is facing more than $146,000 in fines for violating various employee safety laws.

According to reports, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that the Cargill ground beef plant was written up for 23 separate serious violations, including failure to develop normal operating procedures for starting its ammonia refrigeration systems.

An area director for the agency says failing to follow process safety procedures while using chemicals like ammonia can put workers' health at risk.

But the Minneapolis-based Cargill, Inc. says the plant does have an emergency response plan in place to address ammonia releases.

A company spokesman added that there have not been any employee injuries or food safety issues associated with the violations.

Under OSHA policies, the plant has 15 business days to comply or contest the findings.


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