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Fire at J.M. Smucker Plant and Other Food Industry News

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A fire broke out in a hopper at the J.M. Smucker Jif peanut butter production plant in Lexington, KY Tuesday, prompting a response from local firefighters, television news station WTVQ reported. 

Crews were dispatched to the Winchester Road site at about noon and arrived on scene to find smoke billowing from top of the structure, officials told the broadcaster. Firefighters climbed onto the plant’s roof and observed flames in a hopper.

Flames were put out by the building’s sprinkler system and a hose line used by fire personnel, Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Jordan Saas said in WTVQ’s coverage. The scene was under control by 1:15 p.m.

The fire at the Lexington location happened 10 days after emergency personnel were called to a HAZMAT incident at the plant. A reaction occurred after two chemicals were accidentally combined inside the facility. Workers were forced to evacuate the plant.

Click further to view some other developments in the food and beverage industry that captured headlines over the last week.

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