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Lead in Imported Products

This fact sheet about lead poisoning explains that lead is a heavy metal that can cause serious health problems if it is found in the body. Lead dust from chipped and peeling paint is the most common source of lead, but other items may also contain lead. Some cultural spices and medicine, traditional ceramics and pottery, cosmetics and ceremonial powders, candy, and special amulets and jewelry may have lead. Protect your family from lead exposure by:

  1. Buying labeled items locally rather than online or overseas
  2. Keeping ceremonial powders and cosmetics out of children’s reach
  3. Asking your doctor to test your children for lead

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