British firm’s South Korean unit apologizes over poison deaths

(From AFP)

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.

Atar Safdar (C), the head of Oxy Reckitt Benckiser Korea, is surrounded by angry relatives of victims in Seoul on May 2

Atar Safdar (C), the head of Oxy Reckitt Benckiser Korea, is surrounded by angry relatives of victims in Seoul on May 2

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.

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