Food preservative to blame for sickness of nearly three dozen at Jurupa Valley trucking business

Authorities today said it was the food preservative sodium benzoate that sickened almost three dozen employees of a

Jurupa Valley trucking business.

Firefighters were called to Swift Transportation in the 11800 block of Mission Boulevard about 7:45 p.m. Friday, to respond to a report of employees being “overcome by an odor of unknown substance in a trailer,” county fire department spokeswoman Melody Hendrickson said.

Initially, there were 29 employees taken to hospitals, Hendrickson said.

By 10:35 p.m. Friday night, another six employees reported feeling sick, bringing the total taken to hospitals to 35.

Forty firefighters from 10 engine companies, along with a hazardous materials team, responded to the scene, Hendrickson said.

One Response to "Food preservative to blame for sickness of nearly three dozen at Jurupa Valley trucking business"

  1. Tummy Ache   June 9, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Foods are processed, genetically modified and chemicalized and big business doesn’t want us questioning what we eat and is unwilling to label their products to inform us. We have conspiracy theorists questioning what is in childhood vaccines, but not the stuff that is in the food and beverages consumed daily.

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