Dillons Reopens Following Freon Leak

By: 13 News (Posted by Josh Mabry)/Ariana Cohen
By: 13 News (Posted by Josh Mabry)/Ariana Cohen
A freon leak was blamed for closing a Dillons grocery store location in Topeka Monday.


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Topeka Dillons store had reopened Monday evening following a freon leak that shut it down for more than two hours.

The Dillons at 10th and Gage, in Fleming Place, was closed due to the leak around 3:30 pm, according to police dispatch. A store worker said the location reopened shortly after 5:30 pm Monday.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture was called in to examine the store during the incident. KDA representative, Mary Geiger, told 13 News that a food inspector discarded all uncovered food items, cleaned all food contact services, washed produce, and discarded product on the salad bar, Chinese kitchen and olive bar.

Freon is a trade name that describes a whole class of chemicals called chloroflourocarbons, which means their chemical structure is made up of carbon, hydrogen, chlorine, and flourine. The most serious side effect of Freon exposure occurs at the time of initial exposure. Breathing in Freon could cause irregular heartbeat, and palpitations at high concentrations for people with history of heart problems.

Geiger also says that there are different types of Freon and the type at the Dillon's is safe for food.

No further information was released Monday evening on what caused the leak.

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