Dust explosions are a major risk in food plants with almost a quarter of all reported industrial dust explosions occuring in the food and beverage industry. Manufacturers ignore the safety factors in powder and bulk material transfer at their own risk.
In Texas, the Austin Fire Department was recently called twice in a week to a tortilla chip facility because of spontaneously combusting tortilla chips. The fires were confined to the exterior of the building and to multiple pallets of food waste. It seems that the company was trialling a new way to handle the waste from the chips. Obviously the company realised that the trial method wasn’t particularly successful.