Report: Production at two factories halted in east Shanghai after lead poisonings; local EPD suggests Johnson Controls likely source
The Global Times reports that production at two factories in the Shanghai area has been halted after 21 children in a residential compound suffered lead poisoning. Ju Chunfang, a senior official from Pudong’s Environmental Protection Department, said that battery manufacturer Johnson Controls is likely the source of the lead poisoning.
“A total of 756 children in Kangqiao Town in the Pudong New Area were tested in hospital. Among them, 21 have been confirmed to have high levels of lead in their blood,” Bai Yun, head of the Public Health Administration of Pudong’s health department, told the Global Times.
Ten of them with lead level counts of more than 250 micrograms per liter have been sent to Xinhua Hospital for treatment. Another 11 children whose lead levels were between 100 and 250 received outpatient treatment and were given medicine, Bai added. “If lead is more than 100 micrograms, it may prevent intellectual development, especially in kids,” said Wang Wei, vice director of the pediatrics department at Ruijin Hospital.
The report said the Johnson Controls has used 20,060 tons of lead during the the past nine months.
The report cited Ma Tianjie, head of the pollution prevention department at Beijing office of Greenpeace, as saying that many previous lead poisoning cases were due to factories.