Explosion at AAK facility in Denmark kills one

by Eric Schroeder
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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — An explosion and fire at an AarhusKarlshamn facility in Aarhus, Denmark, killed one employee on Dec. 4. The accident took place in the facility where vegetable oils are processed to be used as components in chocolate and confectionery fats.

"We feel the deepest sympathy and share the grief of our deceased colleague’s family," said Jørgen Balle, managing director for AarhusKarlshamn Denmark and president for AAK’s business area Chocolate and Confectionery Fats. "Our thoughts go out to them, and we will do all we can to help at this difficult time.

"Security has top priority in the company, both in relation to the employees and to our surroundings, and this accident will cause us to do a new, thorough review so that we can prevent similar accidents in the future."

The company described the fire as "intense," and said the full scope of damages will not be known for several days. Part of the lost production volume will be covered by AAK’s other production sites, the company said.

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