Two lead battery recycling plants in Shanghai have been told to halt production over lead poisoning fears.
The two factories, one of which is United States owned firm Shanghai Johnson Controls International Battery and the other is local company Shanghai Xinmingyuan Automobile Accessory (SXAA), were told to temporarily shut while officials investigated lead emissions from the plants. This follows 25 children being poisoned by lead in a local village.
Both companies do not believe they are the source of the incident. Johnson Controls suspended production last month anyway after hitting its annual lead use quota.
While SXAA were told to shut down production after being informed it was operating unlawfully by not being authorised to produce lead-based products.
SXAA manager Li Zhiliang said: “We did not know we cannot produce products with lead without a licence.”