Wednesday, 12 December 2018 Sydney

Controlled Clean Up Begins After Thomas Foods Abattoir Fire::

A controlled clean-up will begin today at the Thomas Foods International, Murray Bridge abattoir, after a fire caused significant damage to the plant last week.

The State Government, through the EPA, is working with Thomas Foods International and its contractors to support the appropriate removal and transport of processed carcasses in chiller rooms destroyed or spoiled by the fire.

The material will be transported to a local licensed landfill for disposal in a properly lined and prepared cell.

The EPA will have officers in Murray Bridge and Brinkley to make sure that the transport and disposal complies with the relevant licence conditions to reduce any nuisance, such as odour, that might result.

SA Health has also advised that odour from the Thomas Foods site could be unpleasant and may be nauseating, but has reassured staff and public that it is not poisonous or toxic. Any odour is expected to dissipate rapidly once the carcasses have been removed.

Quotes attributable to Thomas Foods International Fire Coordination Taskforce Chair, Mehdi Doroudi

The Taskforce is meeting regularly and we are working closely with Thomas Foods to ensure we provide the help they need now to begin clean up and start the process of repair and rebuild.

Access to the site is still limited and TFI is yet to complete a full assessment of the damage. However, it’s now been assessed as safe to remove the carcasses – which were hanging in chiller storage rooms in the abattoir at the time of the fire.

I commend Thomas Foods for the way they continue to handle this devastating event. They are working around the clock to keep staff informed, as well as reassure customers and the wider community of their commitment to move forward and rebuild.


A Community Information Centre at the Murray Bridge Town Hall 13-17 Bridge St is open to provide counselling, advice and staff information. Opening hours: 8.30am - 5.30pm weekdays.

A hotline (1800 302 787) is also still open for Thomas Food International employees and the broader community to contact the Government with any questions or concerns.