Household Dust Has High Lead Levels, Says Study

by Rajshri on  June 5, 2008 at 4:02 PM Child Health News
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 Household Dust Has High Lead Levels, Says Study
A new study by an NGO Toxic Links has found that household dust contains high levels of lead. Lead is linked to health issues mainly in children.

The NGO sampled dust in 57 households and found that 31 percent of homes contained lead in floor dust, while 14 percent had lead in windowsill dust.

"India must legislate the removal of lead from products such as paints and toys to ensure a healthy future generation," Toxics Link director Ravi Agarwal, said.

Since leaded petrol was banned in 2000, lead is now mainly found in toys and paints. It is a toxic chemical and can cause neurological issues in children.

Source: Medindia
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Must be taken up by the common man as an issue to be fought against - FAST.

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