Reckitt Benckiser apologises over South Korea deadly disinfectant

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Reckitt Benckiser apologises over South Korea deadly disinfectant

<p>No sooner had the company boss in South Korea taken the stage to apologise, than he was promptly struck by an angry relative of one of the firm’s victims.</p> <p>The British-based consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser has admitted its disinfectant caused death and injury – including to a 13-year-old boy, present at the news conference in Seoul – who now uses an oxygen tank to breathe.</p> <p>The head of the company’s Korean and Japanese branch acknowledged the firm was five years late in accepting responsibility.</p> <p>Almost 100 deaths have been linked to the humidifier products, not all marketed by the company.</p> <p>“We do not accept the apology from Oxy,” said Lim Heung-Kyu, a campaigner from the Asian Citizens’ Centre for Environment and Health, referring to Reckitt Benckiser’s South Korean arm. </p> <p>“A boycott against Oxy has spread like wildfire in South Korea, and we judge that today’s apology is nothing more than an attempt to prevent it.”</p> <p>Sales of the sterilisers, a liquid added to the water of humidifiers, were suspended by the government in 2011.</p> <p>South Korea is thought to be the only country where the products were sold. </p> <p>The company says it’s setting up a multi-million dollar compensation fund for victims and their families.</p>