Apple Puts The Indian iPhone Factory On Probation


Apple has placed an iPhone factory in southern India on probation following protests over food poisoning and living conditions.

An audit by Apple found that workers' small dining rooms and dormitories did not meet requirements.

Two hundred fifty women who worked at the Foxconn plant were affected by food poisoning.

More than 150 Apple workers ended up in the hospitals.

Foxconn apologized and said: "We are very sorry for the issue our employees experienced"

"We are taking immediate steps to enhance the facilities and services we provide."

The factory has been closed since 18 December, when the protests began.

Apple has not specified what being on probation means yet.

An Apple spokesman said: "Following recent concerns about food safety and accommodation conditions at Foxconn Sriperumbudur, we dispatched independent auditors.

"We found that some of the remote dormitory accommodations and dining rooms being used for employees do not meet our requirements."

"We are working with the supplier to ensure a comprehensive set of corrective actions are rapidly implemented."

The iPhone factory, about 25 miles (40km) from Chennai, employs 17,000 people.

The food-poisoning cases and subsequent protests also led the Tamil Nadu state government to ask Foxconn to review its worker facilities.

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