Processing Magazine

Ammonia Leak at Alabama Chicken Plant Sickens at Least 120

August 24, 2010
An ammonia leak at a coastal Alabama chicken distribution plant sent more than 120 people to the hospital, including four patients in intensive care, and forced residents to hide in their homes, reports the Associated Press. At least 29 people were admitted to Mobile-area hospitals, including the four in intensive care. Injuries to most of those admitted were not believed to be life threatening, and others were treated and released, mostly for breathing difficulties. The leak was reported at Millard Refrigerated Services, which uses ammonia in the refrigeration process for chickens that are frozen and shipped around the world. Between 400 gallons and 800 gallons of ammonia leaked at the site, said Capt. Shaun Hicks of the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department.