Chemical spillage at factory near Haverhill

A worker was taken to hospital with breathing difficulties after a chemical spillage at a meat factory near Haverhill.

The man was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge as a precaution after the incident on Tuesday at Vion Foods in Little Wratting.

Two fire engines from Haverhill and one from Bury St Edmunds, plus a command unit and a support pump for the command unit, both from ixworth, were called to the site just before 2pm having been alerted to the spillage of two chemicals.

Two cleaning agents - sodium hypochloride and phosphoric acid foam - were reported to have mixed together and caused a reaction.

The chemicals were quickly contained and Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service left the site just before 4pm.

A specialist firm was then appointed by Vion to carry out the clean up.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said the Environmental Health department and the Health and Safety Executive had both been informed of the incident.

He added: “Even a small amount of the wrong chemical can be really dangerous.”