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Equipment fire contained at ADM cocoa processing plant

February 29, 2012
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HAZLE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A weekend fire in an Archer Daniels Midland Company cocoa processing plant in Pennsylvania did not cause any damage to cocoa supplies, according to Reuters.

The fire was discovered inside a piece of processing equipment at ADM''s cocoa processing plant in Hazle Township, Pa., at around 2 a.m. on Feb. 25. It was contained to the process equipment and ductwork, and extinguished by the local fire department roughly 90 minutes later. One employee was taken to a local hospital for observation and released later that same day.

ADM grinds about 15 percent of the global cocoa supply, making it one of the world''s biggest cocoa and chocolate manufacturers, according to the company website.

The Hazle Township plant, which opened in October 2008, is one of six ADM cocoa processing plants in the United States and produces chocolates, cocoa liquor, cocoa butter and cocoa powder, the website states.

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