Samsung plans to release results of cancer probe

By the Associated Press | June 23, 2011 | 10:29 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung says it will soon release the results of an independent probe into health and safety conditions at its South Korean semiconductor factories after employee illnesses and deaths raised fears of cancer risks.

Samsung said Thursday that the release would take place "in coming weeks." Company spokesman Nam Ki-yung says it will be sometime in July.

The announcement came after a South Korean court ruled Thursday that the leukemia deaths of two women were linked to working at a Samsung semiconductor factory.

Samsung Electronics Co. commissioned an investigation by occupational health and safety experts last July after more than 20 of its chip plant workers were diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma since 1998. Ten have died.