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Monday 27 March 2017

Samsung moves to quell cancer fears

Ian Morris ANDREWS

Electronics giant Samsung denied that workers at its semiconductor factories faced a bigger cancer risk as the world's top memory chips-maker tried to quell health fears following employee illnesses and deaths.

South Korea's biggest company is trying to reassure the public after a lawsuit involving six people who developed leukaemia and lymphoma they claim was caused by exposure to radiation and benzene, a carcinogen, in Samsung chip factories. Four of them have died.

Yesterday the company invited reporters to a chip plant south of Seoul to demonstrate its manufacturing process and emphasise its commitment to safety.

"There is no risk," said Cho Soo-in, president of the company's memory division.

Activist groups say at least 23 people -- including those named in the January lawsuit -- developed cancer over a decade due to working at Samsung, and that at least nine had died.

Samsung said that 22 chip plant workers were diagnosed with leukaemia or lymphoma and that 10 died between 1998 and this year.

Irish Independent

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