SAIPAN GARMENT FACTORY REPAYS GOVERNMENT FOR FOOD POISONING COSTS

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SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (May 31, 2000 – Hawai‘i Public Radio)---A garment manufacturer in the Northern Mariana Islands has reimbursed the government $190,000 for treating factory workers who contracted food poisoning in the factory cafeteria.

Nearly 1,200 guest workers suffered headaches, stomach cramps and vomiting after eating in the Tan Holdings Group cafeteria in March of 1999.

The U.S. Labor Department described the poisonings as the biggest occupational health-related incident in the United States in 27 years.

The territorial department of Public Health originally billed the company $352,000. Tan Holdings objected to that high amount, so the department negotiated it down to $190,000.

The Northern Mariana Islands are a U.S. possession about 3,700 miles west of Hawai‘i.

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