Georgia (Republic): Protecting Children from Lead


A Georgian family with Pure Earth investigators, one of whom holds an XRF (X-ray fluorescence) analyzer used to measure levels of toxins like lead in soil and other surfaces.

In the Republic of Georgia, 41% of children under the age of eight have elevated blood lead levels. This was revealed in a 2018 survey conducted by the Georgian National Center for Disease Control and Public Health along with UNICEF.

What is the cause? Pure Earth was invited by the government to investigate the issue. Our study traced the source of lead exposure to lead in spices. A  research paper on the findings–Elevated Levels of Lead (Pb) Identified in Georgian Spices—  was published in 2020.

Pure Earth is working in Georgia to protect children from lead exposure as part of the Global Lead Program and the Protecting Every Child’s Potential (PECP) initiative.