Category Archives: Lead

India’s Lead Problem: More Than Just Instant Noodles

Earlier this month, there was a lead poisoning scare involving a brand of instant noodles manufactured in India. The company promptly pulled the product and samples were sent to the Maharashtra Food and Drugs Administration for testing. The results – … Continue reading

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Nigeria: New Outbreak of Lead Poisoning

 “At the hospital, he looked fine but behaved like he was losing his mind… In the evening of the same day, his fever became severe. He was restless. He later started jerking seriously with his eyes turning, and that was how … Continue reading

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Fact Sheet: What is the #1 Childhood Environmental Health Threat Globally?

“Lead Poisoning from improper automotive battery recycling activities is the number one childhood environmental health threat globally”. —  Dr. Jack Caravanos, CUNY professor and research lead at Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth While lead pollution can result from a … Continue reading

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Want lead-free food? Visit the first “Barro Aprobado” restaurant in Mexico

Across Mexico every day, millions of meals served in homes and restaurants come with an extra, unseen ingredient — toxic lead. Want lead-free food? The Casa de Campo restaurant, housed in a 260 year-old building in Cuernavaca’s historic downtown in Morelos state, is … Continue reading

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Fact Sheet: Mexico’s 500-year-old problem (Infographic)

Over 70% of the population of Mexico—an estimated 80 million Mexican men, women, and children—have blood lead levels above the WHO standard. The lead poisoning comes from their use of traditional Mexican pottery—the colorful plates, pots and other wares that you … Continue reading

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The Story of A Mother and the Five Children She Lost

*Click here to read the story of Seynabou M. Seynabou M. is a member of the poisoned poor. The poisoned poor live and work in some of the world’s worst polluted places. Often they are not aware that their community … Continue reading

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A Shower of Toxic Lead and the Mystery of Nine Dead Cows

This is the second post from Sarita Gupta, Blacksmith’s India director, from her recent trip visiting lead smelters in India. I work for Blacksmith Institute, which cleans up toxic pollution around the world. I never imagined sitting in my New … Continue reading

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What I Wore in Jaipur… and Why it Matters

  Sarita Gupta, Blacksmith’s India director, contributes this post from India.       The fabled land of Rajasthan is known, among other things, for its vividly colored clothing. So when the opportunity came to travel for work to Jaipur, I … Continue reading

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Training Women in Senegal

Next month, Blacksmith returns to Senegal to provide livelihood training to women so that they will not have to go back to the dangerous job of backyard battery recycling–the activity that triggered the tragic lead poisoning outbreak in 2008 that killed 32 children in Thiaroye … Continue reading

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Why Are Millions of Children in Mexico Still Suffering From Lead Poisoning?

In 1991, the daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico was found to have high lead levels in her blood. It launched an outcry on both sides of the border against the use of toxic lead glazes in Mexican pottery, … Continue reading

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