GAINESVILLE, GA. — The Gainesville Fire Department responded to reports of an ammonia leak at the Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. poultry processing facility in Gainesville, Ga. The incident occurred around 10 a.m. on June 16.
Local media reports said five people were taken to the hospital for treatment following the leak.
A Pilgrim’s Pride spokesperson said the leak was repaired and production at the plant had resumed.
“Yesterday, the Pilgrim’s Gainesville facility experienced an ammonia leak that was quickly contained,” the company said. “We are still evaluating the cause of the incident. The team members who were taken to the hospital have all since been released, and the plant is currently open and operational. We are grateful to the Gainesville and Hall County first responders for their assistance and rapid response.”