Garden Grove, CA, May 10th, 2013
Earlier this month, it was announced that the California Attorney General’s office had filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court against a number of well known food retailers. The lawsuit claims the retailers sold ginger and plume candies that contained lead.
In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns over exposure to toxic chemicals and materials such as lead. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65. It requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of certain chemicals and materials in the products they purchase and this list includes lead which was added to the Prop 65 list in 1987.
People can be exposed to lead in many ways. It can occur through exposure to contaminated air, drinking water, food, soil, deteriorating lead-based paints and even dust. Lead-based paint is one of the most significant sources of lead exposure. Many homes built before 1960 contain heavily leaded paint. Some homes built as recently as the late 1970s also contain lead-based paint.
One of the leading providers of lead testing services in California is LA Testing. “Children are particularly at risk for adverse health effects due to elevated levels of lead in their bodies,” reported Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “Children with elevated levels in their bodies can suffer from decreased IQ and cognitive measures and behavior problems among other issues. Adults have been shown to suffer from decreased kidney functions, increased blood pressure and reduced fetal growth in pregnant women according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.”
LA Testing has a network of laboratories throughout California that offer testing supplies, analysis and even field test kits for lead. To learn more about lead testing services or other consumer product and environmental testing services issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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