Foxconn India’s iPhone factory, which closed after being poisoned, is slated to reopen on January 12th

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

The Foxconn plant in Tamil Nadu state was closed on December 18 after protests in which over 250 workers were treated for food poisoning.

Apple has now suspended the factory after it was discovered that some dorms and dining rooms were not meeting the required standards.

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

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

“We have discovered that some of the remote dormitories and dining rooms used for employees are not meeting our requirements and are working with the supplier to ensure that comprehensive corrective actions are implemented quickly.”

Foxconn announced that it would restructure its local management team to ensure it can meet and maintain the required standards and take immediate steps to improve facilities. All employees would continue to be paid as long as there were improvements necessary to get operations back up and running.

© Thomson Reuters 2021

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