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Shanghai issues safety warning on Kobe Steel's metal products

The Shanghai government issued a safety warning on metal products from Kobe Steel Ltd. and imposed stricter inspection measures on the company's products, Reuters wrote Dec. 28, citing the Xinhua News Agency.

The warning comes after Kobe Steel revealed that about 500 of its customers received products with falsified specifications. The company is also facing three separate lawsuits in the U.S. over the data scandal.

Of the 451,000 tonnes of metal products Kobe Steel shipped to China through its Shanghai units from September 2016 to August 2017, data was tampered on 1,420 tonnes of aluminum sheet and 116 tonnes of copper sheet, according to the Xinhua report.

The Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau plans to check all Kobe Steel products made in Japan and will set up a special technical investigation team to inspect products that are involved with data falsification, with the results to be released on a regular basis.

The bureau also completed a full retrospective investigation on Kobe Steel's related operations in Shanghai, with plans to also undertake regular inspections on Japan-made metal products imported through the Shanghai port.