November 17, 2017

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Gluten Drying Equipment Explodes at Cargill Plant in UK
A Cargill facility in Trafford Park near Manchester, England. Image courtesy of Google Maps

An explosion and fire caused by a gluten dryer malfunction was reported at a Cargill production plant in near Manchester, England on Monday one a week after the same piece of equipment exploded at the site.

First responders were called to the Guinness Road facility in Trafford Park at about 1:17 p,m., finding fire in the dryer was initially contained by a built-in steam suppression system, UK trade publication Food Manufacture reported.  

“Cargill confirm[s] that there was another malfunction of our dryer at our Manchester facility causing a loud bang. No one was injured,” the company said in a statement published by the Manchester Evening News. “We take the safety of our people and operations very seriously and this is extremely disappointing.”

Officials with the firm said the cause of the blasts remains unknown and said Cargill will conduct “further investigations” into the incident.

Powder & Bulk Solids reported on Nov. 3 that a gluten dryer exploded at the facility in Trafford Park causing no injuries.

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