Carbon Dioxide Leak Sickens Workers At Food Plant

VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — More than 70 workers at a Northern California food processing plant are being sent to hospitals after being exposed to a carbon dioxide gas leak.

Television footage shows workers being treated Friday afternoon outside Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods in Vallejo.

Vallejo fire officials told KTVU-TV the leak has been capped but nearly all 74 workers at the plant suffered some effects from the gas.

Firefighters arriving at the scene saw about a dozen workers outside with symptoms of carbon dioxide exposure, including vomiting, respiratory problems and difficulty seeing.

First responders said they didn’t expect workers to suffer long-term effects from the exposure.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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