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Updated: Operations Resume at Hurlock Poultry Plant

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The Hurlock Volunteer Fire Company posted this photo on its Facebook page of emergency responders at the Amick Farms poultry processing plant in Hurlock, following an ammonia leak Monday morning. The Hurlock Volunteer Fire Company posted this photo on its Facebook page of emergency responders at the Amick Farms poultry processing plant in Hurlock, following an ammonia leak Monday morning.
HURLOCK, Md.- The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office says staffers at the Amick Farms poultry processing plant in Hurlock have returned to work after an ammonia leak caused the building to be evacuated earlier Monday morning.

It happened at around 6:15 a.m. Hurlock Police Chief Les Hutton said an on-site management team, hazmat and officers from the Hurlock and Cambridge police departments were on the scene. There were no reported injuries.


The Hurlock VFC, which also responded, said the investigation into the incident determined a faulty valve as the source of the leak.


WBOC spoke with Bill Satterfield, executive director of Delmarva Poultry Industry Incorporated, who says that ammonia is used as a refrigerant at the plant, and consumers need not worry about their chicken being contaminated.

 "I read recently that there was one meat processing plant where there was an ammonia release, and some of the birds nearby, the product was contaminated and condemned by the US Department of Agriculture.  So there is no concern for consumers whatsoever" said Satterfield.

 A spokesperson for Amick Farms says a thorough investigation into the cause of the leak is underway to prevent such incidents in the future


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