A Chinese footwear manufacturer is to be fined and forced to pay compensation to seven of its workers who needed hospital treatment after being poisoned at its plant in Guangdong Province.

The seven women, who are aged between 18 and 25, suffered various symptoms including numbness and weakness in their limbs after allegedly being poisoned by a chemical from the glue used in the shoes' production.

Media reports say one of the women was almost paralysed but added that doctors expect them all to make a full recovery. The factory has agreed to pay the victims' $120,000 hospital bill and undisclosed compensation but also faces fines by concerned health and safety chiefs.