A Thai Union Group plant in Ghana remains closed amid an investigation into what caused a fatal explosion at the site.
Two workers were killed and five injured after an explosion and subsequent fire at Thai Union’s tuna canning facility, Pioneer Food Cannery, in Ghana on 11 June.
Two employees of an independent contractor working on the site, which is based in the coastal city of Tema, were killed. Three of the injured were Pioneer Food Cannery staff.
The factory is closed until the Thai Union undertakes a review and the authorities complete their investigations.
“Our priority is safety and the PFC plant will not be reopened until everyone – the authorities and our PFC teams – are fully satisfied that the plant meets all safety codes and specifications,” Thai Union said in a statement today.
In a statement, the company said: “Our PFC staff are working with the victim’s employer, the police and investigators to identify the root cause of this explosion. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to all those affected by this incident and their families and friends.
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just-food has asked Thai Union how it intends to continue serving its customers in light of the incident but is still awaiting a response.
Earlier this year, Thai Union reported a loss on its discontinued Ghana fleet operation for the 2016 financial year, which it has divested.
And in April 2016, Thai Union threatened to pull out of Ghana unless the African nation secured a trade deal with the EU. An agreement on trade was reached last August.