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article image15 dead in liquid ammonia leak at factory in Shanghai, China

By Anne Sewell     Aug 31, 2013 in World
Shanghai - A leak of liquid ammonia from a refrigeration unit in Shanghai, China's commercial hub city, has caused 15 deaths. 26 other people have become ill from the chemical and six are critical.
According to the official Xinhua news agency, the incident occurred in the city's northern district of Baoshan shortly before midday on Saturday.
The liquid ammonia leaked from a refrigerator in a cold storage unit owned by a seafood company.
Originally the media was quoting 11 deaths, but this has now been updated to 15. 26 people have been sent to the hospital with six in a critical condition.
Shanghai Weng Pai Cold Storage Industrial Co. is involved in storage, import and export, processing and sales of seafood products.
Xinmin Evening News have published photos showing fire trucks at the scene with hoses on the ground.
Officials did not say whether it was the company’s workers or people living in the urban area nearby that were affected.
While the city is considered more tightly regulated than other areas in China, this is reportedly the second accident at a food company in Shanghai in the last month.
According to government sources, five workers were killed at a Shanghai food company on August 20 after inhaling poisonous fumes while cleaning a vat used for making pickled vegetables.
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