MELROSE, Minn. – A worker at a Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in central Minnesota has tested positive for tuberculosis.
A spokesman for Jennie-O’s parent company, Hormel Foods Corp., says the Stearns County Public Health Department informed the Melrose plant on Monday that a worker had tested positive for TB.
Hormel says that TB is a health issue and is not a risk to food safety.
The spokesman says Austin-based Hormel has identified nine people who work in the same department as candidates for being the worker who tested positive. A letter with the names of those employees was sent to Stearns County Public Health on Wednesday.
Jennie-O will continue working with the Health Department.
The illness is spread through the air when a sick person coughs, sneezes or speaks. Symptoms include coughing, chest pain, fever and fatigue.