Hundreds ill in mass Vietnam food poisoning

2015-12-29 12:35

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Hanoi - Hundreds of workers at a Hong Kong-owned garment factory in Vietnam, which makes lingerie for labels like Victoria's Secret and Wacoal have been hospitalised with food-poisoning, state media reported on Tuesday,

More than two-thirds of the 650 workers, mostly female workers at Regina Miracle International Vietnam, were rushed to hospitals and clinics in Hai Phong City, 100km from Hanoi, Thanh Nien newspaper said.

Food company

Most of them suffered from dizziness, stomach pain and headaches after eating a lunch of rice, fish, meat, vegetables and yoghurt in the factory canteen.

"By Tuesday noon, 223 workers remained in hospital, but with minor symptoms (of food poisoning)," Pham Thu Xanh, director of Hai Phong's health care department said in an interview with state-run Vietnam Television.

The Thanh Nien report said authorities were investigating what had made the workers sick while the food company has been temporarily suspended from operations until the results are known.

On its website Regina Miracle says it employs between 15 000 to 20 000 workers "manufacturing a variety of lingerie, shoes and sporty apparel of well-known fashion branches."

Domestic consumption

Food poisoning outbreaks, especially in factory canteens, have become increasingly common in Vietnam which has seen record foreign investment in recent years and impressive factory growth.

The communist nation recorded a GDP growth rate of 6.68% this year according to official figures, the highest rate in five years, with strong exports, foreign investment and buoyant domestic consumption.

Foreign investment surged 17.4% compared to last year with a record-high of $14.5bn. 

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