Sources of Lead Exposure - Product Recalls

Throughout Wisconsin, the primary cause of lead poisoning is lead-based paint in poor condition.  However, lead is sometimes found in consumer products and poses a risk to young children and adults.  If you have these products, we recommend that you stop using the product and either dispose of it or return it to the store for a refund.  You can obtain more information about lead poisoning, and can contact your local health department about blood lead testing.

Toys and Other Products for Children

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has a searchable database on toys and other children's products (Exit DHS) that were found to contain unsafe levels of lead.

Guidance on testing toys and other products suspected to contain lead (Exit DHS) and exposure from lead in toys (Exit DHS) is provided in fact sheets from the National Center for Healthy Housing. 

Remedies/Candies

Warning: Sindoor Contains Lead - A product called "SINDOOR" is often added to food as a food coloring.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert on Dec. 17, 2007, warning consumers not to use the Swad brand sindoor product because testing conducted by the Illinois Department of Public Health indicated this product contained very high levels of lead, sometimes as high as 87%.

Toxic Treats (poster in English or en Español) - California and U.S. health officials have detected dangerous levels of lead in 112 distinct brands of candy – most of them made in Mexico. One in four candy and wrapper samples have tested high since 1993, records show.

Additional Information

Cornell Chronicle: Christmas lights pose lead threat: A Cornell University article discussing the results of study done on Christmas light sets. [November 24, 2008]

Facts About Lead in Porcelain and Ceramic Glazes (PDF, 215 KB): Tips from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board to follow when using porcelain and ceramic glazed products.

Last Revised: January 8, 2015