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heard-it-all-before Jun 18, 11:21 a.m.
30,000 pigs a day... 30 THOUSAND... just blows my mind. how on earth they accomplish that. just the parade of trucks in and out all day to support that must be incredible. do they have trains too? 30,000 pigs. unbelievable. literally.
brrrr Jun 18, 9:27 a.m.
Freon is a brand name just like chevrolet is a brand name. Freon is trade marked by Dupont and refrigerants are still produced under the freon name , just not the ones that were phased out, ie R12, R502 and now R22. Ammonia (R717) is one of the most inexpensive refrigerants available and is used mainly in manufacturing facilities due to the large amounts of refrigerant needed and its efficiency.
mfarmer1 Jun 17, 7:19 p.m.
Freon Has not been used in many years, it was replaced by other refrigerants like 134a many years ago.
Ammonia has been used for many years in plants like this.
sunshine1040 Jun 17, 6:13 p.m.
And guess what my grandparents and parents used to fertilize their vegetable patches and they also use in the fields
Rolling Along Jun 17, 5:28 p.m.
The ammonia in question is part of the refrigeration system. They have had issues with it at this plant before... several times. Looks like it finally blew up though.
jimthorne73 Jun 17, 5:21 p.m.
The ammonia is in the refrigeration system instead of freon
freedomrings Jun 17, 5:17 p.m.
Another reason to support a local farmer and not this monstrosity of a company that has a history and human rights violations. The local pork in my freezer tastes even better because I know where it came from, its diet, and person who raised it.
guitarman9064 Jun 17, 3:45 p.m.
shouldn't be any ammonia in there in the first place, why don't they do a report on that. How lunch meat is hosed down with all these chemicals.
KT buys and sells kerliner fans Jun 17, 3:36 p.m.
Right because those pesticides and herbicides used in the cultivation of your veggies are so good for the environment and you.
KT buys and sells kerliner fans Jun 17, 3:34 p.m.
The bacon plant is down?
THIS IS A CODE RED EMERGENCY FOLKS! PENDING BACON SHORTAGE! BUY ALL YOU CAN!
notexactly Jun 17, 3:22 p.m.
Thanks for letting them know that. Sometimes ignorance really shows on here. They think cause they don't eat meat, that what they eat is healthier. Most of the time it is not. Unless you grow and produce your own food, you don't have a clue.
notexactly Jun 17, 3:20 p.m.
that's funny. I was going to say the same thing. Funny they don't know it but their fruits and veggies are treated with more harmful chemicals than ammonia. Unless you grow it yourself, you just don't know what you are getting. No matter how they label it. And how does eating meat hurt the environment? So does growing and processing veggies not hurt the environment too. WOW. my grand mother was 95 when she died. Guess what she ate meat every meal, everyday. Guess the vegans think you might live to 96 if you stop eating meat.
notexactly Jun 17, 3:13 p.m.
If your get your water from the city or other municipality, guess what you drink ammonia. Another good reason to get your water from a well. The ground has been purifying water for million of years. Take a look at what your are actually drinking from the city taps.
Strawberry Letter 23 Beth Wilson Jun 17, 3:07 p.m.
Thank you for pointing out that AH is naturally occurring in our bodies. I was beginning to worry, until I saw your comment.
Cleanup on Aisle Cool Jun 17, 3:06 p.m.
If you eat a cheeseburger, the bun, the cheese, and the condiments EACH have MORE ammonia in them (on a ppm basis) than either the beef or bacon. Eating vegan would, therefore, be decided worse for you if ammonia avoidance were your goal.
ospreysilver Jun 17, 3:04 p.m.
Smithfield packing doesn't care about its workers! People get hurt there all the time, women get sexually harassed routinely, they pay something like $10-14 a hour for jobs that pay $20 in other near by states, minorities never seem to get promoted. They interview a few hundred people a month because its a horrible place to work.
Strawberry Letter 23 Beth Wilson Jun 17, 3:03 p.m.
OMG! LOL!!!!!! I have to agree. I too, love meat. But your last sentence was hilarious!!
Contrarian Jun 17, 2:57 p.m.
Vegetarians are cruel they eat all of the cow's, pig's and chicken's food. Selfish, pure selfishness.
horsepower Jun 17, 2:35 p.m.
I will continue to eat meat because it taste very good. If you don't like meat, that's fine. More for us. Pigs and cows were put here for a reason. for us to eat. If it's bad for me then so be it...i'll die happy with a 20oz steak in my mouth
cetingen2 Jun 17, 2:23 p.m.
you lied. I looked up this Peta propaganda machine Esther the Wonder Pig....didn't change my life, made me hungry for some sausage or bacon though
iopsyc Jun 17, 1:51 p.m.
Ammonia is commonly used in food processing. The FDA has considered it "Generally Recognized As Safe" for the past 40 years or so. Regardless of your position on the safety of ammonia, you need to recognize that it is commonly used.
mfarmer1 Jun 17, 1:30 p.m.
this is the second leak at the plant in a few weeks.
Mon Account Jun 17, 1:12 p.m.
It is gross. If you can't go vegan, or even vegetarian, just cutting down on meat will have an impact. If everyone gave up one day per week to being vegetarian, we'd decrease our meat consumption (and side effects) by almost 15%. Or skip one meat meal a day... it's really not hard if you want to.
You don't have to go granola, either! There are a ton of meatless meals, particularly faith-based ones, out there that are delicious!
Stuck in the snow Jun 17, 1:03 p.m.
Ammonia leaks are no joke. No way anyone could work in that while it's burning your nose to breath.
JennyB Jun 17, 1:02 p.m.
It's Ammonia Hydroxide, which is used to kill bacteria...like ecoli. Ammonia Hydroxide is also naturally in our bodies. I'll keep eating my bacon. Save the plants, eat bacon.
Carrboro-resident Jun 17, 1:00 p.m.
Ew. Hope the line workers get a break... I feel bad for the workers who may have to wait around in the heat today for the plant to be cleared so as not to lose any productivity. I used to eat meat just as much as the next person but the more I learned about the industry, the grosser it became (the books Eating Animals and Slaughterhouse, watching videos). Sadly even if the workers get a short break it won't end well for any pigs who hadn't been "processed" yet. Look up Esther the Wonder Pig - she'll change your life!
DURHAMBULL Jun 17, 12:58 p.m.
Ha,ha,ha! You wanna bet? The cheapest way for meat packing plants to guard against contamination is to treat the meat with ammonia before shipping it. They do this so they can save money on expensive sanitation practices during processing.
Super Hans Jun 17, 12:49 p.m.
Save yourself AND the environment - go vegan!
thelonious monk Jun 17, 12:48 p.m.
Ammonia is used for refrigeration; not cleaning meat. Another reason to continue to eat delicious meat along with your veggies.
DURHAMBULL Jun 17, 12:38 p.m.
Yummmm, so they clean your meat with ammonia before you purchase it the store for consumption? Another reason to eat more veg and only local meats. I'm sure they only use safe levels (wink).
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03