27 Aug '11, 5pm

Unsurprising, H&M clothes reek of chemicals. Mass Fainting of workers at H&M Factory

Unsurprising, H&M clothes reek of chemicals. Mass Fainting of workers at H&M Factory

Nearly 300 Cambodian workers at a factory that manufactures clothing for H&M mysteriously took ill this week, according to a Reuters report on Thursday. At least 284 employees collapsed on Tuesday and Thursday at M&V International Manufacturing in Kompong Chhang province, 56 miles away from Phnom Penh , with some reporting a pungent odor before fainting. “Workers smelled something bad coming from the shirts,” Norn Leakhena, a worker at the factory, tells the news agency. Officials are blaming the faintings on the “weak” health of the workers, noting that the factory will be suspending operations until next week to allow its 4,000 workers to rest. H&M is investigating the faintings, but said that the government, local authorities, and UN’s International Labour Organization have found no “plausible causes so far.”

Full article: http://www.ecouterre.com/hundreds-sick-in-mass-fainting-a...

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