Pilgrim’s Pride poultry plant in Canton, Georgia, evacuated Friday afternoon after a chemical spill coming from a FedEx truck that was making a delivery to the plant.
About 300 workers from the plant evacuated after the spill of peracetic acid was detected.
Four people ended up hospitalized as a result of breathing chemicals from the spill, said Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jay Baker.
Among those four were two Pilgrim’s Pride employees and two construction workers who were on the street and passed by the truck.
The spill prompted road closures while cleanup procedures were conducted by the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services’ HazMat Team. Among the roads to have portions closed were Univeter Road and Interstate 575.
Pilgrim’s Pride, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, is the second largest broiler company in the United States. In 2017, it processed 154.2 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken on a weekly basis.