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Some 61 Cambodian garment workers fell ill after eating contaminated food

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PHNOM PENH, July 1 (Xinhua) — Some 61 workers at Vonammy ( Cambodia) Garment factory in south Cambodia’s Takeo province got sick on Wednesday after they had eaten contaminated food sold outside the factory, a labor official said.

“Sixty-one workers felt headache, dizzy and got fainted after they ate contaminated salt-fermented small shrimps sold outside the factory during lunch time,” Cheav Bunrith, spokesman for the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), said, adding that the workers had been admitted to hospitals soon after the incident and were recovering after medical treatment.

Garment and footwear industry, the kingdom’s largest foreign currency earner, comprises 1,087 factories with approximately 700, 000 workers, according to the labor ministry. The sector exported products in equivalent to 6.2 billion U.S. dollars last year, accounted for 80.5 percent of the country’s total export.
A monthly minimum wage for the sector is 128 U.S. dollars. 

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