September 16th, 2011
09:01 AM ET

Lead poisoning scare shuts 2 Shanghai plants

Two plants in Shanghai - including a unit of an American company - were ordered to suspend production after children in the vicinity came down with lead poisoning, government authorities said Friday.

"A small amount of children living in Kangqiao (eastern Shanghai) area were found to have excessive levels of lead in their blood in early September," according to a statement from the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau.

According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, 25 children were sickened, 12 who were hospitalized.

The local government responded on Wednesday by ordering the suspension of plants owned by Xinmingyuan Auto Accessories Co. and Johnson Controls.

According to environmental authorities, the two plants were emitting dust and smoke containing lead into the area.

U.S.-based Johnson Controls, which manufactures batteries, denied the accusation.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    Denial-the best form of flattery. It is not our company. Do Batteries have lead in them?

    September 16, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. BOND, JAMES

    Yes mama, and lots of other very nasty chemicals, i wouldnt exactly drink their koolaid

    September 16, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Andy

    China and India are predicted to expell 2.4 million tons of lead into the environment after they get all the solar energy plants up and running that they're hoping to build.

    September 16, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Ok, that cannot be good. Do solar panels have lead? Come on solar panel know-its.

      September 16, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • dave in Ohio

      Yes, solar panels contain lead. And your potatoes contain strychnine. So what?

      September 16, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      So if we are to develop panels, we do not want to poison our children. It may be too costly, to run a plant? And too toxic to make in America. Or anywhere? Since we all live on the same planet.

      September 16, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @Dave-Panels are man-made, therefore manageable. Potatoes we have no choice?

      September 16, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. BOND, JAMES

    But the big corps and their lawyers lie til they cant anymore, theese high income earners are the same ones who look down their noses at you and i, and worry not about how the money they made for that new yacht was made on the kids whos minds have just been riipped in half by they evil conglomerate whos only concern is pleasing rich shareholders who would do the same to them if they could make a buck on it, ive made insnsitive comments as a joke, but i know what true evil looks like, and he wears a very expensive watch

    September 16, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      They also buy up rainforest to use as tax credit shelters and the indiduous(sp) peoples are kicked off and cannot make a living.

      September 16, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Andy

    No they're not made with lead, the plants do emit carbon dioxide in the making of solar panels though. Where the lead comes from is the batteries they have to use to store the energy solar panels produce. Green energy that's not so green.

    September 16, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Andy

    China and India are already dumping huge amounts of lead into the environment and its only going to get worse with the more solar plants they build.

    September 16, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Pressley

    You don't breathe potatoes, Dave!

    September 16, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. Andy

    Or drink water from them.

    September 16, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. justathought

    Seriously, does anyone know if lead/wet cell batteries can be made in the U.S.?

    September 16, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. barock-O-rama

    I don't know...

    September 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. yada

    And it's probably because the 25 children were employees!

    September 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. alan

    Or because there's no environment protection in that part of the world.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |