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15 detained amid toxic glue crackdown

(Xinhua)

16:28, March 27, 2012

GUANGZHOU, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Fifteen people have been detained in south China's Guangdong Province for manufacturing and selling toxic glue that has been blamed for poisoning dozens of workers.

As of Monday, police had detained three company executives, eight toxic glue dealers and four manufacturers in a crackdown on unqualified glue production that started on March 1, sources with the Guangzhou municipal work safety authorities said.

In the meantime, more than 3,000 enterprises were fined and 325 unlicensed glue dealers were closed down, the sources said.

By the end of February, a total of 39 workers from shoe and leather workshops in the city had been poisoned, and four died.

An initial investigation showed that they suffered from acute dichloroethane poisoning from glue used in the workshops.

Dichloroethane can cause cancer after entering the body through the respiratory tract, digestive tract or skin.

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