Lead in Your Child's Lunch Box

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The Illinois Public Health Lead Poisoning Prevention Act states that “no person shall use or apply lead bearing substances: (d) in or upon any toys, furniture, or other articles used by and chewable by children.” Yet the Center for Environmental Health claimed that some lunch box manufacturers were endangering the health of children by making lunch boxes with materials that contained lead. The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not children's lunch boxes commonly contained lead. Forty lunch boxes were tested with a rapid lead test solution and 14 (35%) were positive, confirming the frequent presence of this potentially toxic metal.

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