Cranswick reopens Preston site after ammonia leak

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

Production has now restarted at the Preston site
Production has now restarted at the Preston site

Related tags: Supply chain, Meat & Seafood

Meat processor Cranswick has reopened its Preston factory after an ammonia leak led to a number of its staff being taken to hospital as a precautionary measure and a temporary halt to production.

The company confirmed that there was an ammonia leak at The Cranswick Country Foods site in Preston, Hull overnight on Thursday (3 March), which it described as a 'small incident'.

On 4 March, Cranswick said it had evacuated the site and emergency services were in attendance. However, the company confirmed on 7 March that the factory was now operational. Staff that were taken to hospital have now all been discharged.

A spokesperson said: “We can confirm there was an ammonia leak at the site in Preston, Hull overnight.  Whilst it was a small incident, we evacuated the site as soon as we were aware of the situation. 

Emergency Services

“The emergency services attended the site. A small number of colleagues were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure and they have now all been discharged.”

The company said it would be ​keeping all of its suppliers and customers up to date with the situation.

“The health and safety of our colleagues is our number one priority and the site will only reopen once all the appropriate checks have been completed and it is safe to restart production,” ​the spokesperson added. 


Cranswick recently acquired Grove Pet Foods​, breaking into pet food processing as it continues its mission to diversify its protein portfolio.

At the end of last year meat processor Cranswick moved out of the meat category with the acquisition of plant-based Ramona’s Kitchen and Atlantica UK​ which it said would create 'exciting opportunities' for further growth in its rapidly expanding Continental Products business.

Cranswick was winner of the Food Manufacture​ Company of the year at the 2021 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards​.

Related topics: Meat, poultry & seafood, Operations

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