Four seafood workers rushed to hospital

FOUR people have been rushed to hospital following a suspected chemical leak at the Macrae seafood factory at Livingston, near Edinburgh, late yesterday.

The emergency services were called to the site shortly after 2.30pm on Wednesday and the factory was evacuated.

Macrae is owned by Young’s Seafood. A Young’s spokeswoman said those who were taken to hospital suffered only minor injuries.

The production site is one of the largest seafood centres in Scotland and covers more than 6,000 square metres.

It was opened by Young’s in May 2007. The factory produces a variety of products, including hot and cold smoked seafood, prepared shellfish and hand crafted, value added products for entertaining in partnership with Waitrose.

Macrae Edinburgh primarily uses Scottish sourced fish such as salmon, prawn, crab, scallops oysters, langoustine, trout, herring, haddock and mackerel.

Fish smokers use both mechanical and traditional brick kilns to smoke up to 80 tonnes of whole salmon and 40 tonnes of hot smoked mackerel every week.

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokeswoman said last night: ‘We dispatched one ambulance, a manager and our special operations response team to the scene. Two patients were transported to St John’s Hospital.’

She added that a further two people took themselves to hospital. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service sent four appliances and an environmental protection unit to the scene.

The Young’s spokeswoman said: ‘We are providing all possible support to our affected employees while this process continues.’

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