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Food FYI: 6,000 gallons of Scotch whiskey flushed down the drain

March 01, 2013|By Betty Hallock
  • Workers Chivas Brothers bottling plant in Scotland accidentally dumped thousands of gallons of Scotch down the drain.
Workers Chivas Brothers bottling plant in Scotland accidentally dumped… (Cassell Illustrated )

In an accident at a Chivas Brothers bottling plant in Dumbarton, Scotland, workers flushed thousands of gallons of Scotch whiskey down the drain, the smell of it so strong that sewage workers reported the incident, the BBC reports.

Workers who had intended to drain waste water unintentionally dumped the Scotch instead. The Epoch Times says it was 6,000 gallons of "high-quality, top-dollar Scotch." The spirit was released to the local water treatment plant.

In a statement Chivas Brothers said that the Tuesday accident at the plant, which employs 600 workers, is under investigation. "There has been no release of spirit to the River Leven or any other local water course," according to the statement.

Chivas Brothers, owned by Pernod Ricard, is the maker of such spirits as Chivas Regal and Ballantine's Scotch and Beefeater and Plymouth gins.

An insider at the plant told the Scottish Sun, "It was like someone turned on a tap and it just ran straight down the plughole." The accident reportedly happened during the night shift when equipment is cleaned between the production of different spirits.

A Scottish Water spokesman told the Daily Mail that staff at waste water treatment plants are looking into the problem.

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