Eggo fined for poison gas leaks at waffle factory

The company Eggo, creators of the Eggo waffle, has been fined $85,000 after releasing toxic ammonia from its San Jose, California factory in 2021.

A press release from the Santa Clara County, California District Attorney’s Office says the waffle factory was “convicted and convicted.”

The company was charged with five felonies, including “negligent venting of an air pollutant, failure to promptly report that release, inadequate training of its contractors, and failure to implement a proper emergency response plan.”

On January 22, 2021, a “subcontractor on a scissor lift” damaged a pipe that shortly afterwards led to the release of anhydrous ammonia (i.e., no water) into the surrounding neighborhood. The gas is commonly used as a refrigerant in food processing plants, according to prosecutors.

Eggo managers said they did not call 911 for over an hour, saying they thought they had stopped the leak. About 3,400 pounds of anhydrous ammonia leaked into the neighborhood, prompting residents to take shelter on the spot until the leak was fixed. However, no injuries were reported.

“Public safety and the environment are threatened with every passing minute in these cases,” Santa Clara Assistant District Attorney Jason Bussey said in a statement. “If companies don’t report a release immediately, they face serious consequences,” he concluded.

Eggo’s parent company, Kellogg, assured customers in a statement that it was working to ensure significant improvements in safety protocols to prevent further incidents.

According to spokesman Kris Bahner, the “safety” of “workers and the environment” is a top priority at Kellogg. “Fortunately, no one was injured in last year’s ammonia accident,” he continued.

“We have since made a number of significant improvements to our processes and protocols to ensure we have the safest environment for our employees and neighbors,” the spokesman said.

According to Santa Clara County, Eggo has simply been “working with regulators” and updating systems and procedures.

Eggo, he has to now”Come on” the big bucks, was founded in 1935 in San Jose, California by a man named Frank Dorsa, according to the Sacramento Bee.

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Laura Coffey

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