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Farmers warned to watch chemical labels after chlorine incident

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REBECCA, GA (WALB) -

Farmers are being reminded to pay close attention to the warning labels before mixing any chemicals.

Tift Regional Hospital says 19 migrant workers were brought to their facility Wednesday after a worker accidentally mixed an acid reducer with chlorine at packing facility in Rebecca.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture requires farmers to go through periodic chemical safety training.

"The first thing we tell people is to read the label," said Worth County Extension Coordinator Larry Varnadoe. "The label is the law. If you deviate from that label you're in violation of the law."

Chemical labeling is typically in multiple languages.

Improper chemical mixing can result in skin and eye burns, and in some instances can be fatal.

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