Authorities shut down production of goods containing lead at a Twin Cities-area manufacturing company Monday amid concerns about lead poisoning among plant workers’ children.

 

Water Gremlin hasn’t done enough to limit workers’ exposure to lead dust at its White Bear Township facility, Minnesota’s health and labor commissioners told reporters on a conference call.

 

The company, which makes lead fishing sinkers and battery terminals, has been penalized in the past for other environmental safety violations.

 

At least 12 children of employees who apparently carried lead dust home on their bodies and clothing were found with elevated blood levels of lead, the commissioners said, including two with levels above 15 micrograms per deciliter, the level considered to be a serious health risk to children.