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MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1998 Dec 11;47(48):1041-3.

Lead poisoning associated with imported candy and powdered food coloring--California and Michigan.


Although the most common source of pediatric lead poisoning is dust within the home that contains deteriorated lead-based paint from walls and windowsills, other less common sources (1-3) can result in excess exposure among children (i.e., blood lead levels [BLLs] > or =10 microg/dL). This report describes two cases of pediatric lead poisoning associated with eating imported candy and food stuffs and underscores the importance of thorough history-taking to identify unusual sources of lead exposure.

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