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April 2, 2014

More than 50 workers sickened at Hillsville plant

HILLSVILLE, Va. —  State investigators are working to determine what sickened more than 50 people at a produce plant in Hillsvlle.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office tells media outlets that workers at the Virginia Produce plant complained of headaches, dizziness, nausea and difficulty breathing on Tuesday. They were transported to hospitals in the area.

Air quality tests conducted at the plant didn’t find any problems.

Investigators with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry were at the plant on Tuesday and planned to return on Wednesday.

Virginia Produce owner Moir Beamer tells WDBJ-TV that he believes the problem began in the building’s packing area.

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