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Seven workers have died in an accident at one of Grupo Modelo's breweries in Mexico. 

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The incident happened at its plant in Mexico City yesterday (7 April) in a confined area of tanks where cleaning and maintenance work was being done, Modelo said in an e-mailed statement to just-drinks. "The families of the deceased have been informed and we have contacted the pertinent authorities," the statement said. 

Asked about media speculation that the deaths were caused by the workers inhaling toxic fumes, a Modelo spokesperson said: "We don't have any further information. The investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident." 

Modelo, which has eight breweries in Mexico, said there is "no risk to the community or the environment or the rest of the facilities and its personnel".

The statement added: "Cervecería Modelo regrets these events and will support the affected families."

The Corona brewer is in the process of being taken over by Anheuser-Busch InBev. It appears the deal is set to go head after A-B InBev indicated on Friday it has resolved anti-trust concerns raised by the US Department of Justice in a lawsuit lodged in January.


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