Chinese media reports worker poisoning at Apple, Nokia touchscreen maker Wintek

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14 Responses to “Chinese media reports worker poisoning at Apple, Nokia touchscreen maker Wintek”

  1. scooterscooter says:

    A colleague of mine @ the Toronto Star wrote about this in January. Terrible story. (Well, actually it’s a good story about a terrible thing.)

    http://www.thestar.com/news/world/china/article/758078–chinese-workers-pay-or-poison

  2. demidan says:

    An Apple a day, not so good after all.

  3. PapayaSF says:

    It’s difficult for me to see this as anything other than some sort of political ploy/message. In recent years China has had hundreds if not thousands of deaths in anti-government riots and from environmental catastrophes that never get reported by the state media, but this single death rates a story? I wonder why.

    • zikzak says:

      Because this particular story demonstrates in a dramatic way how we as western gadget consumers are connected to deaths in China. It’s notable because it’s a story about China but it’s also a story about us.

    • demidan says:

      If was posted entirely for your scorn nothing more. No politics, no message just You! (esp not because Apple is seen as an “environmentally friendly” company. A company whose products often drive news cycles).

  4. margaret999 says:

    If the apple touchscreen is poisonous,should apple fans choose apple or health?

  5. benher says:

    Consumers, not just workers, of all stripes are affected by the poor practices of Chinese factories. This is just the latest and happens to involve Apple.

    See also the toxicity of Chinese Gyoza, Spinach, Frozen peas, Pet food, and any toy containing the color red.

  6. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Someone didn’t read Snow White.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Anyone know why they’d be using hexane to clean the screens, instead of something like acetone, or isopropyl alcohol?

    Aside from being less toxic, they’re generally cheaper, too.

  8. zerode says:

    This comes on top of earlier problems with “slave” labor in iPod factories in Suzhou
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/5079590.stm

    as well as an investigation of “silicon sweatshops” by GlobalPost last year that discussed numerous problems with Wintek
    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/china-taiwan/091103/silicon-sweatshops-globalpost-investigation

  9. Daemon says:

    Told you Apple was evil.

  10. snakedart says:

    This would not have been noteworthy had the negligent factory owners been suppliers for Acer or Dell. The attempt to sensationalize the story by tying it to media darling/monster Apple is a bit cynical.

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