Apple Puts Indian Foxconn Plant on Probation after Mass Food Poisoning

Apple said Wednesday it had placed India’s Foxconn plant on probation after confirming reports that its employees’ living conditions were below standard.

“Foxconn’s Sriperumbudur facility has been placed on probation and that the company will ensure strict standards are met before the facility reopens. We will continue to monitor conditions closely,” an Apple spokesperson said.

Apple also said it is working with Foxconn to immediately implement “a comprehensive set of corrective actions.”

Meanwhile, a senior government official said Foxconn would remain shut for three more days after the state government conducted inspections of the workers’ accommodation.

Earlier this month, about 250 workers fell ill due to food poisoning, putting 159 of them in hospital for treatment.

Following this incident, hundreds of Foxconn workers, most of them women who reside in hostels near the factory, took to the streets in protest.

Foxconn has issued an apology and said they are taking immediate steps to enhance the facilities and services at the remote hostels.

Foxconn added that while the company restructures its local management team and management systems, employees would continue to get paid.

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