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Ammonia Leak at Pizza Production Plant Injures 3

70 workers reportedly evacuated the Richelieu Foods site in Wheeling, IL when the leak occurred Saturday afternoon.

John S. Forrester

August 2, 2021

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Emergency personnel were called to the Richelieu Foods pizza production facility in Wheeling, IL Saturday afternoon for a leak of anhydrous ammonia, several local news publications reported.

Crews from the Wheeling Fire Department were on scene by 3:30 p.m., observing that 70 workers had evacuated the plant, coverage by CBS Chicago said. Three workers received transport to area hospitals for minor injuries sustained during the incident.

Fire officials told The Chicago Tribune that an issue with the facility’s piping system caused a leak of anhydrous ammonia.

Richelieu Foods is a manufacturer of frozen pizzas and dressings and sauces for retail and foodservice.

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John S. Forrester

former Managing Editor, Powder & Bulk Solids

John S. Forrester is the former managing editor of Powder & Bulk Solids.

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