AUSTIN, Minn. - Hormel Foods confirmed Tuesday that at least one employee working at its plant in Austin has been diagnosed with tuberculosis.
The meat producer was notified of the situation by the Mower County Public Health Department, which told Hormel that a person working at the plant was being treated for active tuberculosis (TB). The department also identified additional employees to undergo screening for the disease.
Hormel said in a statement that the screening process is underway and to date, no additional cases of active tuberculosis
have been identified.
"Hormel Foods will continue to follow the direction
of the Public Health Department," the statement reads.
The company says TB is a health issue and is not a risk to food safety.
A source at the Minnesota Department of Health tells KARE 11 it appears that they caught the TB case in time to prevent an outbreak. That source added that the infected person could have been incubating TB for years and it only now decided now to appear. It is a strain of the disease that is reacting favorably to antibiotics.
There were 138 cases of TB reported in Minnesota last year.
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