Idaho Frozen Food Company Fined for Chemical Reporting Violations


A Canyon County frozen food company has been hit with an $84,000 penalty for chemical reporting violations.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Rhodes International, which produces frozen cinnamon rolls and other frozen bread products, stored large amounts of anhydrous ammonia without properly reporting it to the Caldwell Fire Department, Canyon County Local Emergency Planning Committee and the State Emergency Response Commission.

According to the EPA, anhydrous ammonia is a pungent, toxic gas that attacks skin, eyes, throat and lungs and can cause serious injury or death. According to EPA documents, the company failed to file inventory forms from 2006 through 2009, as required by law.