Why is Lead an issue for children’s consuming products?

-Extreme lead exposure can cause a variety of neurological disorders such as lack of muscular coordination, convulsion and coma.

-Much lower lead levels have been associated with remarkable changes in children’s mental development and behavior – these include hyperactivity, hand-eye coordination, and reaction time, and lowered performance on intelligence tests.

What is Lead?

• Lead is a highly toxic metal found in small amounts in the earth’s crust.

• Because of its abundance, low cost, and physical properties, lead and lead compounds have been used in a wide variety of products including paint, ceramics, batteries, plastics, metal and cosmetics.

• Since 1980, federal and state regulatory standards have helped to minimize or eliminate the amount of lead in consumer products.

Why lead is an issue?

• Two recent studies, both published in the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ peer reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives, demonstrated the impacts that lead exposure during pregnancy can have on a woman’s unborn child.

• Another study, investigating children’s IQ scores in relation to their mother’s blood lead level, concluded that lead exposure during pregnancy could have “lasting and possibly permanent effects” on a child’s IQ.

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