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One injured in UK food factory powder explosion

17 August 2015

A worker at Adams Foods in Leek, Staffordshire, suffered facial burns in a powder explosion at the food factory on August 14. He was discharged after treatment at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. The factory supplies dairy products and is the UK’s largest supplier of pre-packed hard cheese.

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Powder explosions are caused by a high concentration of powdered combustible material in the air coming into contact with a heat source. Examples of dusts in the food industry which could be linked to explosions include flour, custard powder, instant coffee, sugar, dried milk, potato powder and soup powder, according to the Health and Safety Executive.

A spokesman for Adams Foods said: "There was an incident at our production facility in Leek this morning. A member of staff working on the production line received minor injuries. Emergency services were called and the incident is now fully under control with all other production lines operating as normal."

Adams Foods is owned by the €2bn Irish Dairy Board which is owned by Irish dairy processing co-operatives and dairy companies. It distributes Kerrygold products throughout the UK.

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