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Facility

Smith Chip's Factory, Adelaide, producing 'flamin' hot' Doritos.

Incident Type

Workers experiencing health issues like breathing difficulties and skin irritation.

Date of Incident

Ongoing issue, highlighted after a union visit on December 19.

Penalty Imposed

Not applicable as the investigation is still underway.

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Introduction

SafeWork SA is investigating claims that workers at an Adelaide factory producing ‘flamin’ hot’ Doritos are experiencing breathing difficulties and skin irritation due to the spicy seasoning used in the chips.

Details of the Incident

The United Workers Union (UWU) visited the Smith Chip’s factory on December 19 and reported significant safety concerns. Workers allegedly suffer from sneezing, coughing, eye and skin irritation, runny nose, sore throat, chest discomfort, and difficulty breathing due to exposure to the spicy seasoning.

Operational Context

PepsiCo, the parent company of the Smith Chip’s factory, asserts that worker safety is its top priority and has implemented mandatory mask-wearing during the production of the spicy chips. Additionally, new extraction fans are being installed to enhance safety measures.

Court’s Decision and Impact on Victims

As this is an ongoing investigation by SafeWork SA, there are no court decisions yet. The regulator is currently assessing the complaint lodged by the UWU to determine if further action is needed.

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