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NYT: Planning to Repaint? Read This First
June 21, 2010, 1:36 pm
Filed under: News, Spotlight on...Lead

Published: June 16, 2010

Since April 22, all professional renovation projects in apartments and homes built before 1978 — the year the use of lead in paint was banned — that test positive for lead have had to meet federal guidelines and be performed by workers certified in lead-safe practices. Many older apartments in New York, remodeled more than once over the years, have long since been divested of their lead paint. But in a number of cases, contractors said, complying with the new rules could more than double the cost of renovations.

New York City already has some of the country’s strictest lead-paint laws, but the new regulation is being met with concern among contractors and building managers. The main difference for homeowners in New York is that guidelines regulating work in common spaces will be extended to individual apartments. Any area greater than six square feet that tests positive for lead paint is included.

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Advertisements FDA Tests Lipsticks, Finds Lead in All
May 26, 2010, 10:07 am
Filed under: News, Spotlight on...Lead

Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 2:05 p.m.

We twist it, glide it, paint it on, and suddenly we feel attractive, composed, sexy and ready for the world.

Drenched in shades of sangria, dahlia, ruby, cherry and garnet, our lipstick-stained mouths exude health.

But looks can deceive.

Tests conducted by the FDA last year on 22 red lipsticks found lead, a neurotoxin, in every single lipstick sample studied.

The highest levels were in three well-known and common brands: Cover Girl, Revlon, L’Oreal.

While the FDA says it’s continuing lead research on additional cosmetic brands and colors, it’s reassuring consumers that the lead levels it found in the red lipsticks are very small and not a health threat.

The FDA does not regulate lead in finished cosmetics, only in colors added to the products. None of the products exceeded the 20 parts per million limit on colors, the agency said.

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Children’s Environmental Health Listserve: The Elephant in the Playground-Confronting Lead-Contaminated Soils
March 24, 2010, 9:19 am
Filed under: News, Spotlight on...Lead

The Elephant in the Playground, confronting lead-contaminated soils as an  
important source of lead burdens to urban populations
Although significant headway has been made over the past 50 years in understanding and reducing the sources and health risks of lead, the incidence of lead poisoning remains shockingly high in urban regions of the United States. At particular risk are poor people who inhabit the polluted centers of our older cities without the benefits of adequate nutrition, education, and access to health care. To provide a future with fewer environmental and health burdens related to lead, we need to consider the multiple pathways of lead exposure in children, including their continued contact with dust derived from inner-city soils. Recent research into the causes of seasonal variations in blood-lead levels among children has confirmed the importance of soil in lead exposure. Capping lead-contaminated soil with lead-free soil or soil amendment appears to be a simple and cost-effective way to reduce the lead load for
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ABC World News: Lead Found In Women’s Handbags
January 25, 2010, 10:41 am
Filed under: News, Spotlight on...Lead

ABC News Exclusive: Retailers Agree to Test Purses for Lead Levels
Jan. 22, 2010 

A landmark agreement involving two big retail chains establishes, for the first time, limits on lead in women’s handbags and wallets.

The group had the bags tested for lead at an independent lab. Two separate tests were conducted. Some bags were wiped to see how much, if any, lead would simply rub off the material. The bags also were tested for the total lead content of the products.

The tests came back showing disturbingly high levels of lead, the Center for Environmental Health said.

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EHN Special Report: Some Vinegars–Often Expensive, Aged Balsamics–Contain A Big Dose Of Lead
November 17, 2009, 10:08 am
Filed under: News, Spotlight on...Lead

In a tradition dating back to medieval times, growers in Modena, Italy, are deep into the grape harvest, the first step in making their famed balsamic vinegar. Cooking the grapes releases rich juice that is then stored in vintage barrels. At least a dozen years of fermentation and evaporation reduces the wine to a sweet, fragrant elixir. Thousands of miles away, in California, signs in grocery stores warn shoppers about exposure to a dangerous metal in many balsamic and red wine vinegars. Although the amount of lead in vinegar is small, experts say regularly consuming it may pose a risk, particularly to children. Eating one tablespoon a day of some vinegars can raise a young child’s lead level by more than 30 percent. For this report, Environmental Health News had an expert calculate children’s doses and also hired an independent lab to test two bottles. Consumers want to know if vinegars are safe, but there are no easy answers.

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Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: Kid’s Face Paint – Pretty Scary!
October 28, 2009, 10:01 am
Filed under: Going Green at Home, News, Spotlight on...Lead

Ghosts and goblins aren’t the only scary things lurking around this Halloween.

A new report by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, “Pretty Scary,” reveals that some children’s face paints contain lead, a neurotoxin, as well as nickel, cobalt and chromium, which can cause lifelong skin sensitization and contact dermatitis.

Creepier yet, these metals were not listed on the products’ ingredient labels. Some products even bore misleading claims (like “hypoallergenic” and “FDA compliant”), making it tough for parents to find safe face paints. To learn more about the product tests and for tips to limit your favorite goblin’s exposure this year, check out the report and our recommendations for a safer Halloween at  We’ve even compiled some DIY recipes for Halloween makeup.

While this is particularly concerning for parents at this time of year, these products are used year-round at festivals and during dress-up. What’s more, everyday cosmetics suffer from the same lack of safety standards in the United States. Support safety: Sign the Petition for Safe Cosmetics at, which calls for the removal of toxic chemicals in all cosmetics and personal care products – from face paint to baby shampoo, and body lotion to deodorant.

p.s. Don’t forget to check out – and share! – the Campaign’s new video at, which takes a closer look at what’s really in cosmetics.

EHN: Eating Venison, Other Game Raises Lead Exposure
September 30, 2009, 8:51 am
Filed under: News, Spotlight on...Lead

New research raises questions about the safety of eating wild game, and triggers a renewed debate about banning lead ammunition. Tests by the CDC show that eating venison and other game can raise the amounts of lead in human bodies by 50 percent. The National Park Service has announced a controversial plan to ban lead bullets and fishing tackle, which Acting Director Dan Wenk said “will benefit humans, wildlife, and ecosystems inside and outside park boundaries.”

By Scott Streater
Environmental Health News
Sept. 28, 2009

An avid hunter, Cornatzer was listening to a presentation on the lead poisoning of California condors when an x-ray of a mule deer flashed on an overhead screen. The deer had been shot in the chest with a high-powered rifle.

Cornatzer was shocked that the deer’s entire carcass was riddled with dozens of tiny lead-shot fragments.

“My first thought had nothing to do with California condors; it had to do with what I had been doing as a hunter myself, and what I had been feeding our kids,” said Cornatzer, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

“I knew good and well after seeing that image that I had been eating a lot of lead fragments over the years,” he said.

That realization led Cornatzer and a radiologist last year to X-ray 100 packages of venison that had been donated by a sportsmen group to a food bank. About 60 percent of the packages contained lead-shot fragments, even though it’s common practice among hunters to remove meat around the wound.

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