Apple took issue with how one of its iPhone factories in southern India was being run and placed the Foxconn plant “on probation.” BBC News reports Apple’s action came after the protesting of food poisoning and living conditions began.
A spokesperson for Apple said the company dispatched independent auditors to the factory following concerns surrounding food safety and accommodation conditions. They then discovered the issues that resulted in protests and the factory closing on December 18.
The spokesperson added, “We found that some of the remote dormitory accommodations and dining rooms being used for employees do not meet requirements and we are working with the supplier to ensure a comprehensive set of corrective actions are rapidly implemented.”
The issues eventually led to 250 female employees who worked at the Foxconn plant suffering from food poisoning. Local media reported over 150 required hospitalization. The factory employs 17,000 people.