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Study supports 'urgent' need for worldwide ban on lead-based paint

"We've known for years that there are good substitutes for lead in paint," he continues, "so it's absolutely incomprehensible that paint manufacturers--particularly large companies with plentiful resources--would knowingly distribute a product that can be dangerous to people."

"Some lead-contaminated items intended for use by children, painted playground equipment, for example, are manufactured in countries with limited to zero government regulation on lead in consumer products," says Clark.

Although American brand paints were not available for purchase in this study, several U.S. multinational paint companies are among the top in Asia and some Asian paint companies have arrangements with U.S. companies.

"American companies need to take a stand and encourage their international collaborators to demand lower lead contents in consumer products--including paint," he adds. "It's not only the ethical thing to do, it's the fiscally responsible choice to prevent billions of dollars in future health costs and property clean-up costs."


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Source:University of Cincinnati


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