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Nearly 300 workers fell ill last week at a factory in Cambodia that produces garments for the Swedish company H&M, police said. 284 workers collapsed last Tuesday and Thursday of last week – with some reporting a pungent smell just prior to fainting.
“Workers smelled something bad coming from the shirts,” said 26-year-old Norn Leakhena, who works at the factory. The mass fainting is being blamed on the “weak” health of the workers and the factory has suspended operations temporarily to give the employees, some 4,000 workers, time to rest.