2 Hospitalized In Suspected Ammonia Leak At South Gate Cheese Plant

SOUTH GATE (CBSLA.com) — Two people were hospitalized Tuesday for minor injuries linked to a suspected ammonia leak at a South Gate cheese factory, authorities said.

The leak at the Saputo Cheese USA plant located at 5711 East Imperial Highway was reported around 5 a.m., according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.

A hazardous materials team arrived on scene shortly after 6:25 a.m. and were working to ensure the leak – believed to be in the plant’s refrigeration system – was plugged, officials said.

Two additional people complained of side effects from the leak, but they were not hospitalized.

No other details were available.

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