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Attorneys allege Messer destroyed evidence

Lawyers seek sanctions against Messer, alleging the company was not truthful as the fatal liquid nitrogen leak at Foundation Food Group poultry processing plant was being investigated

Attorneys representing the estate administrators and surviving families of the six people killed in the liquid nitrogen leak at the Foundation Food Group plant in Gainesville, Georgia, allege that Messer Gas destroyed a piece of evidence and provided false information.

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Tyson Foods expanding Vicksburg poultry plant

Company invests $61 million in project at Mississippi facility

Tyson Foods is investing $61 million in its poultry plant in Vicksburg, Mississippi, as part of the company’s commitment to meet increasing demand for protein and deliver on its strategy of accelerating long-term growth of the Tyson retail brand. 

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Automation could future-proof poultry processing

New technologies are set to transform the poultry processing plants of tomorrow.

Poultry processing facilities faced increased workforce challenges due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. As a result, there is growing interest in robotic and automated technology solutions that could help reduce labor issues and improve worker safety.

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Automated picking and hanging saves labor

New machinery can eliminate the need for hanging and rehanging and greatly reduce staffing needs in packing.

Poultry hanging and product packing continue to be labor-intensive areas in the plant where automation can reduce staffing needs.

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Olymel poultry plant expansion completed

Plant in St-Damase, Quebec, has additional cutting, deboning and tray packing lines

After a year of work and an investment of over CA$30 million (US$23.7 million), the Olymel poultry slaughterhouse and cutting plant in St-Damase, Quebec, has opened its new pre-packaging facilities.

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Wayne Farms to sell operations in Laurel, Mississippi

Decision comes after pending merger with Laurel-based Sanderson Farms is announced

Wayne Farms intends to sell its recently upgraded poultry complex in Laurel, Mississippi. The plans to sell the Laurel assets were revealed one month after pending plans for Wayne Farms to merge with Laurel-based Sanderson Farms were announced.

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OSHA cites Foundation Food Group following ammonia leak

The poultry processing company has appeal the proposed fines connected to an earlier incident.

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation released September 14 identified 23 alleged health and safety violations as the cause of a March 11 ammonia leak at a Foundation Food Group owned poultry processing plant.

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How PAA affects poultry wastewater treatment systems

The results could help develop an approach that keeps products pathogen-free and avoid wastewater upsets.

New research from the Georgia Institute of Technology evaluated the long-term impacts of residual Peracetic Acid (PAA) on biological wastewater treatment systems in poultry processing facilities.

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