U.S.-based Apple Inc is conducting inspections at its Foxconn plant in eastern India after workers were poisoned by food from the canteen and there were also complaints about housing conditions.
According to the BBC, which contacted an Apple spokesman, an audit conducted by the company found that the factory’s lunchrooms and dormitories used by workers were inadequate. “Because of concerns about food safety and living conditions at the Foxconn Sriperumbudur plant, we sent independent auditors there,” said the Apple representative.
The plant, operated by Taiwan-based Foxconn, which supplies components for Apple products, is located 40 km from the city of Chennai. Earlier local media wrote that 250 women working at the plant reported food poisoning, and 150 of them were hospitalized for this reason.
Foxconn apologized for the incident and announced an investigation into the incident. The plant, which employs 17,000 people, has been closed since December 18.