Reduction in the Lead Content of Candy and Purses in California Following Successful Litigation


Lead exposure causes an array of significant health problems in adults and especially in children. Therefore, reducing lead exposure is an important public health goal. Here, we analyzed data collected about the lead content in two product types, candy and purses. We show that following litigation, the prevalence of these products containing lead in California declined significantly. Results from products purchased online suggest that the decline was national, not just limited to California. Our results indicate that state consumer protection laws can be successful in reducing exposure to hazardous chemicals.


Speaker / Author: 
Caroline Cox, MS, Center for Environmental Health
Howard Hirsch, JD, Lexington Law Group
Month Year: 
March 2019
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Publication Month: 
March 2019