Foxconn India iPhone factory closed after mass food poisoning said to reopen on Jan. 12

Apple supplier Foxconn will reopen its closed iPhone factory in southern India on Jan. 12, government officials and a lawmaker in the region where the factory is located told Reuters.

Foxconn’s factory, located in the state of Tamil Nadu, was closed on Dec. 18 after protests against 250 of its workers being treated for food poisoning.

Since then, Apple has placed the factory on parole after discovering that some dorms and dining rooms did not meet required standards.

Foxconn and Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

An Apple spokesman said the company had sent independent auditors to assess conditions in the dorms “following recent concerns about food safety and accommodation conditions at Foxconn Sriperumbudur”.

“We found that some of the remote dorms and cafeterias used by employees do not meet our requirements and we are working with the supplier to ensure that a comprehensive set of corrective actions is implemented quickly.”

Foxconn had said it was restructuring its on-site management team to ensure it could meet and maintain necessary standards and was taking immediate steps to improve the facilities. All employees would continue to be paid while making necessary improvements to restart operations.

© Thomson Reuters 2021


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