(Update) – Saturday, January 11, 2014 Cargill Meat Solutions in Ottumwa Iowa will be running a full, normal Second Shift in Cut, Hambone, Loinbone, and Export beginning at their normal weekly start times. The Bacon Complex will be running full first and second shift in Prepress/Trim, Curing, Smoking, and Slicing also beginning at their normal weekly start times. If your department is not listed, you do not work.
(Ottumwa)—The Cargill Meat Solutions plant in Ottumwa was evacuated early this morning following an ammonia leak.
Michael Martin a spokesperson for Cargill told Ottumwa Radio News an ammonia leak was detected about 2:00 a.m. this morning. The plant was immediately evacuated.
One plant supervisor was exposed to ammonia fumes and was transported to Ottumwa Regional Health Center and later transferred to another hospital for treatment. A condition report on the supervisor is not immediately available. Martin says another employee was asked to be treated.
A Hazmat team from the plant and from the Ottumwa Fire Department responded to the leak and were able to shut a valve off. Martin says by mid morning the plant was in the clean up phase. Saturday two full shifts will report to work
The Cargill plant in Ottumwa employees 2400 and has a daily hog kill of 18 to 19-thousand hogs.