Taiwan factory in Vietnam reportedly hit by poisoning, again

21-May-2014 Intellasia | Want China Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

A Taiwanese-invested shoe factory in central Vietnam was reportedly hit by collective poisoning on Monday, the second such incident at the plant within four days.

Several hundred workers at the Hong Fu Vietnam Footwear Company factory in Thanh Hoa province were hospitalised after developing itchy throats, dizziness and vomiting, with some fainting, according to a report on the website of Hanoi-based newspaper Bao Dan Viet.

As of 11am, more than 400 workers had been rushed to local hospitals, the report said, noting that the symptoms the patients suffered from were the same as those experienced by 735 workers at the same plant who were hospitalised for poisoning on May 15.

Citing local officials who described the latest accident as collective poisoning, the report said the officials suspected chemical shoe glue was the culprit.

The glue melts during hot weather, producing toxic gases which take their toll on factory workers who inhale the gas, according to the officials.

Hong Fu Vietnam, a Vietnamese-Taiwanese joint venture employing about 10,000 workers, could not be reached for comment as of Monday evening.

The incidents come at a time when Taiwanese business in Vietnam have been affected by anti-China protests sparked by Chinese oil-drilling operations in a disputed region of the South China Sea. Resulting violence has seen a number of Taiwanese factories burned to the ground.



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