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Apple Manufacturer Has 'Tons of Issues,' Auditor Discovers

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- An auditor at one of Apple's (AAPL) Chinese manufacturing plants has found "tons of issues," according to a published media report.

An auditor from the Fair Labor Association went into Foxconn Technology Group, one of Apple's Chinese manufacturers, and found several issues that will need to be addressed, Bloomberg reports.

Earlier this week, Apple said it is conducting special voluntary audits of its plants.

The head of the Fair Labor Association, Auret van Heerden, spoke with Bloomberg and said he believes there will be "some very significant announcements in the near future," but did not go into detail about the findings.

Apple has come under fire recently for alleged labor practices at its Chinese manufacturers. The iPhone maker's CEO, Tim Cook, addressed the issue in an internal letter to employees, as well as at a recent investor conference. "Apple takes working conditions very, very seriously," said Cook, during the event, run by Goldman Sachs. "We care about every worker - we believe that every worker has a right to a fair and safe work environment."

Shares of Apple fell 0.02% to close at $502.12 on Friday.

Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment on this story.

Interested in more on Apple? See TheStreet Ratings' report card for this stock.

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--Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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