Russia's top sanitary official accused on Tuesday the Russian subsidiary of U.S. consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble of violating sanitary regulations at its plants.
Operating in Russia since 1991, P&G Russia is one of the fastest developing subsidiaries of the Procter & Gamble Company. It has a solid portfolio of over 70 P&G brands in the country.
"We are very concerned about the activities of this company because about 51 percent of the employees at its plants [in Russia] are working in hazardous conditions," Gennady Onishchenko said.
The official cited excessive noise levels, poor lighting, untimely clean-up of working premises and violations in the use of personal protective equipment.
He also said employees at the Procter & Gamble Novomoskovsk plant in Tula often took prolonged sick leaves - an average of nine days, which is 11 percent more than in 2009.
About 23 percent of workers at the Capella plant in Nizhny Novgorod Region did not pass a single medical check this year, Onishchenko added.
RIA Novosti has not yet been able to get a comment from the Procter & Gamble officials.
MOSCOW, October 12 (RIA Novosti)