7 Die In Brewery: What Caused Workers To Die At Grupo Modelo Plant? [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on April 8, 2013 10:29 AM EDT

Grupo Modelo product line
7 maintenance employees were killed in an accident at the Mexico City Grupo Modelo beer plant. (Photo: Grupo Modelo)

7 workers died in a Mexico City brewery on Sunday morning when an accident occurred in a tank undergoing maintenance and cleaning.

The incident occurred at the Grupo Modelo beer plant of Mexico City. Makers of Corona beer, the No. 1 imported beer in the United States, the enormous Grupo Modelo facility carries 11.1 million hectoliters and has produced more than 293,230,000 gallons of beer.

In addition to Corona, the Grupo Modelo plant also distributes a dozen other beers including Modelo Especial, Pacifico, Victoria, China's Tsingtao, and Denmark's Carlsberg.

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Responding to the tragic loss of 7 workers, the Grupo Modelo beer company issued the following statement:

"Modelo is deeply sorry for this incident and will support the affected families permanently."

Mexican authorities and plant officials are racing to investigate the cause of the accident. According to Grupo Modelo plant manager Francisco Lopez, the maintenance workers were found trapped inside the cistern. What's more, Mexican paper La Gazetta DF reports investigators suspect the workers may have died from inhaling the toxic fumes inside the closed chamber.

Grupo Modelo is a family-controlled Mexican brewer and is currently in the process of being sold to Belgian-based Anheuser-Busch InBev. Anheuser-Busch InBev presently owns 50 percent of Grupo Modelo. Further takeover negotiations are hindered by the U.S. Justice Department in January over antitrust concerns. With the acquisition of Grupo Modelo, Anheuser-Busch will have overwhelming control over the American beer market. The Grupo Modelo deal is reportedly worth $20.1 billion.

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