Workers in Cambodia’s garment industry are seriously malnourished, according to a new report released last week that estimates the sector’s hundreds of thousands of workers consume just half of the recommended daily calorie intake for adults engaged in moderate manual labor. The 16-page report, published by the Cambodia Legal Education Center (CLEC) in conjunction with U.K.-based labor advocacy group Labor Behind the Label (LBL), also said the mass fainting phenomenon in the country’s garment factories was a direct result of malnourishment, coupled with other endemic factors such as long work hours, heat, lack of water, chemical fumes and mass hysteria.
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