The DeQueen, Arkansas poultry processing plant which is owned by Pilgrim's Pride Corp. has been cited with 11 safety violations by OSHA.Proposed penalties totaling $170,000 are pending for allegedly exposing workers to hazardous chemicals. The inspection began in January concerning the handling of anhydrous ammonia. in the refrigeration system.

OSHA says a willful violation, with a $70,000 fine, was cited for failing to document that the emergency shutdown system for the engine room was designed  to ensure that the mechanical ventilation system was activated by an ammonia leak.