Tyson is responding to claims that several workers at an Indiana plant are now suffering from a rare form of cancer.
According to a report on WHAS 11 in Louisville, Kentucky, several workers at the Corydon Chicken Processing Plant have been diagnosed with a rare form of head and neck cancer.
The Indiana Department of Public Health is looking into it.
Springdale-based Tyson Foods and David Whittington, Corydon, Ind., Complex Manager, have released the following statement in response to the WHAS 11 report.
"I've worked at Tyson Foods a long time and I have personally known these Team Members for many years. I'm saddened they have serious health issues and my heart goes out to them, however, we don't believe there's any connection between their medical conditions and the work they have done for us.
"None of the team members or families involved in the recent television story has ever come to me or other members of our management team with these claims.
"Our company has talked with both the Harrison County and Indiana state health departments about these claims and it's our understanding state officials are still trying to decide how they might proceed. Of course, we will cooperate with their process.
"We would like to point out that we use food-grade cleaning products and sanitizers in our plant, just like other food companies, and these products are approved as safe by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration or both.
"We provide all our Team Members a safe working environment."
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