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OSHA Cites Cheese Factory for Chemical Safety

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 6:01am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Federal safety inspectors have cited a Buffalo cheese factory for 13 violations of workplace safety standards and proposed $241,000 in fines.

The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Sorrento Lactalis Inc.'s plans for managing potentially hazardous ammonia at the facility are inadequate.

The company says it will contest the findings.

OSHA says inspectors found that Sorrento, which uses the ammonia in its refrigeration process, lacked procedures and tests to maintain the integrity of its equipment. OSHA says the company's been cited for the same issues in the past, at an Idaho plant.

Sorrento Lactalis says in a statement Tuesday it's committed to employee safety and compliance with federal and state laws. The company says it will work with OSHA to resolve the allegations.

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