Diageo investigates chemical leak

By Anne Bruce

- Last updated on GMT

Diageo investigates chemical leak
Diageo is continuing to investigate after a leak of 10,000 litres of nitric acid at its Cameronbridge distillery in Fife, Scotland on August 16.

The acid spilled from a 28,000-litre storage tank at the site at Windygates at about 5.30am.The plant was shut down and 20 employees and contractors were evacuated.

A specialist contractor pumped out the spilled acid — a process which took several hours.

A spokeswoman for Diageo told Foodmanufacture.co.uk that a “rigorous investigation” into the incident was underway and would take another two weeks to complete.

Nitric acid is a corrosive and toxic cleaning product widely used in the food industry. It can release noxious gas if it comes into contact with water.

Diageo is set to open a £45m expansion at the Fife distillery later this year.

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