4 Napa Vineyard Workers Hospitalized After Pesticide Exposure

NAPA COUNTY (CBS SF) — Four vineyard workers were treated for respiratory problems Tuesday after being exposed to pesticides sprayed on Monday night, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.

The workers experienced breathing problems around 8:30 a.m. after arriving for work, Napa sheriff’s Capt. Tracey Stuart said.

The vineyard had sprayed 21 acres with chemical products including Sylgard, Flint and Altacor, Stuart said.

The vineyard covers 80 acres in the 4000 block of Big Ranch Road near Oak Knoll Avenue, north of Napa, Stuart said.

The workers were taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa.

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  • Audrey DeHart

    Grapes have thin skins so they absorb pesticides. This is what is killing people due to cancer. The pickers of strawberries in Santa Cruz also became ill from picking the berries due to a deadly insecticde being put in the soil. Wouldn’t a person with a half a brain know that this deadly chemical grows into the berries which are consumed? Not the FDA or others in government who allow these chemicals because Monsanto and other chemical madmen want to make money. Write the FDA and see if you get an answer. This is one reason why I don’t eat grapes and certainly don’t want pesticides in my wine. When people get off Twitter or other time-wasting gadgets, maybe they will realize what they are eating and lend their voices to this killing of Americans. I can’t fight it alone.

  • Mike

    From Google MAPS it appears to be Northfield Wines Weka Ranch Vineyards.

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