Apple supplier Foxconn will reopen its closed iPhone manufacturing facility in southern India on January 12, government officials and a legislator from the region where the plant is located told Reuters.
The Foxconn plant in the state of Tamil Nadu was shut down on December 18 as over 250 of its workers were being treated for food poisoning.
Apple has since placed the factory on probation after finding that some dormitories and dining rooms did not meet the required standards.
Foxconn and Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
An Apple spokesperson had said the company had sent independent auditors to assess conditions in the dormitories “following recent concerns about food safety and housing conditions at Foxconn Sriperumbudur”.
“We found that some of the remote dorms and dining rooms being used for staff do not meet our needs and we are working with the supplier to ensure that a comprehensive set of corrective actions are implemented expeditiously. “
Foxconn said it was restructuring its local management team to ensure it could achieve and maintain the required standards, and was taking immediate steps to improve facilities. All employees will continue to be paid while it makes necessary improvements to restart operations.
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