British firm’s South Korean unit apologizes over poison deaths
The head of a Korean subsidiary of a British consumer goods company was slapped and shouted down on Monday as he apologized for his firm’s role in selling a humidifier disinfectant blamed for more than 100 deaths in South Korea.
Shouting “too late” and “cannot forgive” in English, a handful of the victims’ relatives rushed the podium where Atar Safdar, the head of Oxy Reckitt Benckiser Korea, was speaking at a hotel in Seoul.
The executive was slapped and pushed several times as the event descended into chaos.
Safdar was finally able to resume his statement, in which he offered a “heartfelt and sincere apology” to all the victims and said his company was committed to a multi-million dollar compensation plan.
The case came to light after four pregnant women died of lung problems for unknown reasons in 2011. Read More