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Eggo fined $85K for toxic gas release at California waffle factory

Store employee Jackie Steele straightens out the remaining boxes of Eggo frozen waffles on the shelf, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at Harvey's Supermarket in Tallahassee, Fla.
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The Eggo Company has been fined about $85,000 after being convicted for releasing toxic gas at a waffle factory in California, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office announced last week.

The Kellogg-owned waffle maker was convicted and sentenced on Friday for a “large release of toxic ammonia” from its San Jose factory in January 2021, the district attorney’s office said.

It happened when a subcontractor damaged a pipe while on a scissor lift, the district attorney’s office said. The pipe then “began leaking anhydrous ammonia, a toxic gas that can cause severe injury or death.”

Eggo managers believed they had stopped the leak, and did not call 911 for more than an hour. The district attorney’s office said that this delay “contributed to the emergency,” which resulted in approximately 3,400 pounds of anhydrous ammonia escaping into the neighborhood surrounding the factory.

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