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Five die from 'toxic gas' at Vietnam fish sauce factory

Jan 13. 2017
A vendor stands next to her stand selling different type of sauces including fish sauce inside a local market in downtown Hanoi on November 21, 2016.  / AFP PHOTO
A vendor stands next to her stand selling different type of sauces including fish sauce inside a local market in downtown Hanoi on November 21, 2016. / AFP PHOTO
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HANOI - Five people, including a Thai man, were found dead in a fish sauce storehouse in Vietnam on Thursday after they were suspected to have inhaled toxic fumes, a company source said.

The men were found in a small room crammed with fermented fish at the CP Foodtech factory in Phu Yen province. The source said investigators were looking into the cause of death.   

    "We believe they died because they inhaled toxic gas inside the room that was full of fermented fish for fish sauce production," he told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    He did not say what materials are used in the fermentation process at the Thai-owned factory.

    One of the victims entered the storage room on a routine check and never returned, prompting his colleagues to search for him, but they were all later found dead, according to Tuoi Tre newspaper.

    Industrial accidents are common in rapidly developing Vietnam, where labour laws and safety regulations are often flouted.

    

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