New Infographic: A Spoonful of Lead
A study published in a special supplement issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice focusing on Lead Poisoning Prevention highlights the potential risks of lead exposure from nontraditional sources, including spices, especially those purchased abroad. Dr. Paromita Hore and colleagues tested over 3,000 samples of consumer products, including nearly 1,500 samples of spices from 41 countries, and concluded that more than half of the spice samples had detectable lead concentrations, and more than 30 percent had lead concentrations greater than 2 parts per million. Spices purchased abroad had even higher lead concentrations than those that were purchased in the US. This infographic summarizes the report, “A Spoonful of Lead: A Ten-Year Look at Spices as a Potential Source of Lead Exposure.”
Paromita Hore, PhD, MPH, is the Deputy Director of the Environmental Risk Assessment Unit within the Bureau of Environmental Disease and Injury Prevention, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Paromita has been with the Department for over 10 years and provides technical assistance on issues related to environmental exposures.