UK: Distillery remains closed after disease outbreak, awaits test results
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.
Diageo and The Edrington Group own a 50-50 share in the distillery.
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