Cadmium Poisoning Strikes Factory Workers


Officials have revealed that elevated levels of cadmium have been detected in eight workers at the J & B Metal Co smelting factory in Samut Sakhon province, sparking health concerns and prompting further investigations into cadmium exposure in the region. The discovery follows recent findings of improperly stored cadmium waste in both Samut Sakhon and Chon Buri provinces.

Public Health Inspector Dr Kitti Kanpirom reported that out of 19 workers tested at the factory, eight showed unsafe cadmium levels and have since become ill, while the remaining 11 also had cadmium present in their bodies but displayed no symptoms.

All affected individuals were sent to Samut Sakhon Hospital for examination and treatment. The Ministry of Public Health has also initiated the collection of food and water samples near the factory for cadmium testing. Similar tests are being conducted in Chon Buri, where cadmium waste was discovered in a warehouse and surrounding residential areas.

The recent surge in health concerns correlates with the identification of 8,474 tonnes of cadmium waste at various locations, believed to be part of a larger illegal sale of cadmium tailings. Authorities are still searching for the remainder of the waste, which is suspected to total 13,832 tonnes, originally sold from a landfill in Tak province.

Legal actions have been taken against two suspects involved in the illegal storage and sale of cadmium waste, including a Chinese warehouse owner in Chon Buri and a Taiwanese national linked to another warehouse where part of the waste was found.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.