SHANGHAI (AP) -- Wisconsin battery maker Johnson Controls says independent tests show that its factory in Shanghai was not the cause of severe lead poisoning cases discovered earlier this year.
The Milwaukee-based company says an investigation by a commission of the China Electric Equipment Industry Association found the factory in Shanghai's eastern suburbs could not be the cause of elevated blood-lead levels among children in a nearby community.
The Johnson Controls plant there is much larger than other battery factories in the area. Local officials had insisted that plant had to be the cause of the poisoning cases. However, Johnson Controls says the tests showed abnormally high lead levels at a waste-recycling facility near the community.
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