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Warning: Lead Poisoning Hazard

These products are being recalled becase they contain levels of lead that exceed the federal lead content standards, posing a health hazard.

Updated: 2023-09-25 Read Full News >>


In homes built before 1978:

Work or Hobbies

The following occupations may be exposed to lead:

  • Contractor
  • Painter
  • Welder
  • Plumber
  • Sandblasting
  • Car repair
  • Battery recycling
  • Furniture refinishing

The following hobbies may be exposed to lead:

  • Stained Glass
  • Fishing (weights)
  • Jewelry design
  • Lead miniature
  • Shooting/hunting
  • Antique furniture restoration

If you are exposed to lead in your work or with any hobbies:


Imported candies from Mexico frequently have lead levels above what is allowed by California state law, especially if the candies have tamarind or chili powder. Please visit Department of Public Health Food & Drug Branch for the latest information on lead candy recalls.

Toys or Jewelry

Some lead test kits can be used to test the product, but they will only tell you if the surface paint contains lead. Visit Consumer Product Safety Commission to check for the latest recalls.

Also, examine the condition of your child's toys - remove any toys that are damaged or have deteriorated paint. If your child doesn't chew on toys, they can still be exposed by lead paint or dust on their hands. Wash your child's hands regularly after playing and before eating.

Home Remedies

Many imported home remedies, such as Greta, Azarcon, and Suma, contain dangerous levels of lead or other poisons. Also, dietary or herbal supplements are not inspected by the FDA. High lead levels have been found in some imported herbal supplements. If you or your child have taken any of these products, contact you doctor to ask for a lead test.


Drinking water can be contaminated by lead from old water pipes, solder, and brass fixtures. When water sits in the pipes for more than 6 hours, lead can begin to leach into the water. If you haven’t used your water for a while, it is recommended that you run the cold water for at least 1 minute before you drink it or use it for cooking.

Get a Lead Test

Unfortunately, the symptoms for lead poisoning are very difficult to spot, especially at very low levels. The only way to know for sure if you or your child have lead poisoning is through testing. Even low levels of lead in the blood can cause permanent harm.

Lead Recalls

For information on toys, crafts, jewelry and accessories, furniture, foodware and other items that have been recalled due to lead, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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