An Apple spokesperson said on Wednesday it had dispatched independent auditors to assess conditions at the dormitories "following recent concerns about food safety and accommodation conditions at Foxconn Sriperumbudur." Apple said it had found that some of the dormitory accommodations and dining rooms, which were not on the factory's premises, did not meet its requirements and that it was working with the supplier to ensure a comprehensive set of corrective actions, adding that it will ensure its strict standards are met before the facility reopens.
The action follows protests that erupted this month after over 250 workers who live in one dormitory were treated for food poisoning. The plant employs 17,000 people and was closed on December 18.
It's unclear what probation means; however, when Wistron was on probation Apple would not award the company new work until the issues were resolved.
A Foxconn spokesperson says it is restructuring its local management team and taking immediate steps to improve facilities. All workers will continue to be paid while it makes the necessary improvements.
A senior government official said Foxconn has been answering questions from officials on amenities provided to workers. "Once they get clearances from the government, workers will be inducted and the company will resume production."
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