Childhood lead exposure can have serious effects on health and brain development. 

Even small amounts during critical periods can lower IQ, cause hearing problems, and result in behavioral and learning difficulties. Use of lead in gasoline and in paints manufactured before 1978 has contaminated the environment. 

Children can get lead poisoning from ingesting or inhaling lead. There is no safe level of lead. A blood test is the only way to know if a child has been exposed.

Lead is a metal found naturally in the earth's crust. It can be found in all parts of our environment, including air, water, and soil. Lead can combine with other chemicals to make different compounds.

Lead is used in the production of batteries, ammunition, and metal products (solder and pipes). Because of health concerns, the use of lead in paints, ceramic products, caulking, and pipe solder has been dramatically reduced. The use of lead as an additive to automobile gasoline was banned in 1996 in the United States.
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4/10/24 - LEAD ALERT! Issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) potentially related to using a topical cream. Woman Died from Using a Hemorrhoid Ointment from Vietnam called, Cao Bôi Trĩ Cây Thầu Dầu which contains a highly dangerous amount of lead. Purchased on Facebook Marketplace 
highly dangerous amount. Lead

2/14/24 - EXPANDED RECALL 2024 Salmonella Multistate Outbreak Linked to Italian-style Charcuterie Meats | Sold at Costco in WA
Ialtian-style Charcuterie Meats

1/5/24 - Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition Voluntarily Recalls Select Batches of Nutramigen Hypoallergenic Infant Formula Powder Because of Possible Health Risk | FDA
Nutramingen Recall

12/06/23 - Recalls on Several Stainless Steel Children’s Cups

Cups recall lead hazard

11/30/23 - Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupes | CDC

11/06/23 - Dixon Ticonderoga Recalls Creativity Street Children’s Assorted Craft Buttons Due to Violation of Federal Lead Content Ban | CPSC
Lead Recall Buttons CPSC

11/06/23 - FDA has added two additional brands of products that are also subject to recall: certain Schnucks cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches and variety pack and certain Weis cinnamon applesauce pouches
lead apple FDA recall pouches

11/2/23 - FDA Advises Parents and Caregivers Not to Buy or Feed WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree Pouches to Toddlers and Young Children Because of Elevated Lead Levels | FDA

6/12/23 - 
Soojimus Recalls CUPKIN Stainless Steel Children’s Cups Due to Violation of Federal Lead Content Ban (Recall Alert) |
Cupkin Recall

6/12/23 - 
Wawona Frozen Foods Voluntarily Recalls Organic Daybreak Blend Processed and Sold in 2022 Due to Possible Health Risk.

Bags of frozen fruit identifying recalled items

5/30/23 - 
Bunch Bikes recalls The Preschool Electric Bicycles due to lead poisoning hazard.

Picture of recalled Preschool Electric Bicycles from Bunch Bikes


5/23/23 - Target Recalls Nearly Five Million Threshold Candles Due to Laceration and Burn Hazards; Sold Exclusively at Target.
Image of two candles from the recall side-to-side on a white background