At least 170 employees at a clothing factory in the northern province of Thai Binh were hospitalized for food poisoning after eating a lunch at the company on June 1 supplied by a caterer.
The workers at Nienshing factory in Phuc Khanh Industrial Zone are being treated at three hospitals, Thai Binh, Lam Hoa and Hoang An, Dan Viet newspaper reported Monday.
The surge of patients overloaded the hospitals, leaving three to a bed. Many more patients were laid out on the hospital floors.
Nguyen Thi Cuc said she couldn't sleep Sunday night due to a bellyache, diarrhea and vomiting. She still tried to come in for work on Monday.
“Many workers complained of bellyache and diarrhea and the company hired buses to take them to the hospital,” she said.
Dan Viet reported that the workers had come to believe the mass poisoning was caused by a company lunch served on Sunday.
The company hired the Dung Hop Company in Thai Binh Town to provide the meal at VND10,000 (US$0.47) per person.
Dung Hop served an omelet, minced pork and cabbage.
Workers said they only began feeling sick that evening.
The Thai Binh Food Safety Agency has suspended the caterer for a week pending further investigation.
Nienshing is a Taiwanese garment company which employs about 6,000 workers. On Sunday, 700 employees were brought in to work overtime.