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China Tightens Food Safety Amid New Accusation

Amid concerns over food safety, China’s food and drug agency is defending itself against accusations of excessive lead in spirulina, a microalgae taken as a nutritional supplement. Lead ingestion can lead to defects in the...

Lead Emissions Poison 160 Children in Guangdong

Amid concerns about industrial pollution in China due to a recent case of water contamination in Guangxi, lead emissions from factories in Guangdong have poisoned 160 children. This is not the first case of lead poisoning. In...

Heavy Metals Pollute 10% of China's Farmland

A tenth of China’s farmland is seriously tainted by heavy metals, according to a senior government expert. From Reuters: Wan Bentai, the chief engineer for China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, said a survey...

Dangerous Elements: Heavy Metal Pollution in China

Paul Mooney reports for the South China Morning Post on heavy metal contamination from industries such as e-waste recycling and textile manufacture. The pollution can devastate health and agricultural livelihoods, but those...

China Shuts Battery Factories Due to Lead Poisoning

Hundreds of Chinese factories producing rechargeable lead batteries have been closed for fear of lead poisoning. From BBC News: About 74 people have been detained this year after reports that more than 100 people were affected...

Chinese Official Suspended Over Lead Poisoning

Following the discovery that over 200 children suffer from lead poisoning from a nearby battery factory, a local environmental official in Anhui has been suspended. From NPR: Zhao Yiping, the head of the local environmental...

Battery Factory Sickens 24 Children In China

Twenty-four children are in the hospital in Anhui getting treatment for lead poisoning, and more than 200 have been affected, the result of living near an illegal battery factory, NPR reports: The official Xinhua News Agency...

China Factory Closed Amid Lead Poisoning Fears

Pollution from a nearby factory has caused lead poisoning in almost 100 people in Sichuan, including 88 children. From AFP: Seven children — the youngest of which is just over one year old — are being treated in...

China Faces Reckoning Over Lead Production

Lead poisoning cases have stirred many Chinese to anger, as deaths and related illnesses have shaken the very foundations of their villages. From Barbara Demick for the Los Angeles Times: Now thousands of Chinese are trying to...

Nearly 1,000 Children Poisoned With Lead In China

From AFP: Nearly 1,000 children in central China have tested positive for lead poisoning in the latest environmental scandal to erupt in the nation’s smelting industry, state press said Tuesday. The news comes close on the...

Chinese Tests Reveal Lead In Children Near a Plant

Another case of lead poisoning of children has been confirmed in Fujian, the New York Times reports: Officials in southeastern China acknowledged on Saturday that 121 children living near a battery plant had excessive lead in...

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