The Straits Times
Published on Sep 25, 2012

US battery firm bans lead at China plant after poison claims


SHANGHAI (AFP) - United States (US) battery giant Johnson Controls will stop lead processing at a plant in China's commercial hub Shanghai, the firm said, after the city found high levels of the metal in children living nearby.

The Fortune 500 company has denied the plant's operations caused elevated lead exposure for people living in Shanghai's Kangqiao area.

But Johnson Controls said in a statement it would stop lead processing at the facility in response to Shanghai authorities' moves to "remove lead manufacturing from the community".

In February, Shanghai blamed Johnson Controls and two Chinese companies for causing lead poisoning in 49 children, most of them aged between one and three.