UK: Distillery remains closed after disease outbreak, awaits test results

By | 11 June 2012

An Edinburgh whisky distillery remains closed after an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the city.

North British Distilleries is waiting for test results on samples taken from one of the plant's cooling towers, said a spokesperson for the distillery, which is part-owned by Diageo and The Edrington Group. The results may come back this week, the spokesperson said today (11 June).

The Edrington Group and Diageo referred questions about the distillery to North British.

Production at the distillery was halted on Thursday (June 7) as a precaution. Scotland's health executive said the company had failed to adequately control the risk of legionella in the cooling tower.

The tower has not been identified as the source of the outbreak, which so far throughout Scotland has killed one person and infected 82.

North British said it is working closely with the Scottish health authorities.

The grain distillery produces non-branded whisky used in blends including The Famous Grouse, Johnnie Walker Black and Cutty Sark brands.

Diageo and The Edrington Group own a 50-50 share in the distillery.

Sectors: Environmental issues, Spirits

Companies: The Edrington Group, Diageo, The Famous Grouse, Johnnie Walker, Cutty Sark

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