Grupo Modelo SAB, Mexico’s largest brewer, said seven workers died in an accident at its Mexico City brewery. The deaths occurred today in “a confined area of a tank in which cleaning and maintenance work was being done,” Jennifer Shelley, a spokeswoman for the Mexico City-based company, said in a statement. The brewer has contacted authorities and the families of the deceased workers, she said.
Modelo, which makes Corona beer and has agreed to be acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (ABI), is investigating the cause of the accident, Shelley said. Mexican newspaper Milenio reported that the deaths were due to unspecified toxins. Shelley declined to comment on the report.