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Samsung to investigate child labor allegations

  • Samsung Electronics is to launch a probe into allegations that one of its suppliers hires child workers.

    New York-based campaign group Child Labor Watch said its investigators found evidence of the violation at a factory owned by China's HEG Electronics.

    It added seven under-16s were identified between June and July.

    In defence, Samsung said it found no evidence of the employment law breach when it carried out its own checks.

    "Samsung Electronics has conducted two separate on-site inspections on HEG's working conditions this year but found no irregularities on those occasions," it said in a statement.

     "A team of inspectors consisting of Samsung personnel from Korea headquarters will be dispatched to Huizhou, China on 9 August, and it will immediately launch an investigation and take appropriate measures to correct any problems that may surface."

    Samsung’s rival Apple started publishing details of its own checks in 2007 following media reports over poor working and living conditions at a Chinese iPod assembly line.