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New Research on Lead Exposure

Pure Earth Rapid Market Screening (RMS) Report

Lead in Consumer Goods: A 25 Country Analysis of Lead (Pb) Levels in 5,000+ Products and Foods

  1. Full Report
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Press Release
  4. Project page
  5. Interactive Data Visualization Tool: 
  6. Q&A Guide for Reporters
  7. Clean feed video and photo assets for journalists


    1. Pure Earth RMS Key Recommendations 
    2. Solving a Toxic Mystery – How Global Stakeholders Worked Together to Solve Spice Contamination in Georgia

    Data Sets/Resources

    1. RMS Report: Laboratory Leaching Program for Aluminum Pots
    2. RMS Report: Quality Control: XRF Results vs Laboratory Testing
    3. RMS Report: Data visualizations by country and product type

    Pure Earth Award-Winning Short Documentaries on Lead Poisoning

    1.  One in 36 Million, winner of the Grand Prix prize at the 2023 World Health Organization’s (WHO) Health For All film festival in the Better Health and Well-being category
    2. The Lead Rush, finalist in the Better Health and Well-being category at the 2023 WHO Health For All film festival

    Lancet Planetary Health Article

    Global health burden and cost of lead exposure in children and adults: A health impact and economic modeling analysis

    1. Full Report
    2. Press Release
    3. Excel file – Regional data from Article
    4. For country level data of blood lead levels and health effects and cost of lead exposure, email [email protected].
    5. Infographic Summary of Findings: Global health burden and cost of lead exposure in children and adults: A health impact and economic modeling analysis

    Pure Earth Preliminary Cost Benefit Analysis

    Preliminary Analysis of Intervention to Reduce Lead Exposure from Adulterated Turmeric in Bangladesh Shows Cost Benefit of About US$1 per DALY
        Interviews Available Upon Request

        Questions for Pure Earth on the Rapid Market Screening research

        Please contact Angela Bernhardt (845) 367-3754 to speak with:

        Drew McCartor, Executive Director, Pure Earth – Interpreting RMS results

        Richard Fuller, President, Pure Earth – Interpreting new mortality and cost estimates from lead exposure

        Emily Nash, Research Director, Pure Earth – RMS research methodology

        Anna Navas-Acien, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health – Cardiologist who can speak to health impacts from lead exposure

        Gordon Binkhorst, Senior Technical Advisor, Pure Earth – Testing process and leaching analysis of metal cookware and all other measurements of lead in items tested.


        For interviews with the Article author, Bjorn Larsen, International Development  Economist and Consultant, please contact:

        Bjorn Larsen at [email protected] and ph. (1)-202-657-6531


        Please contact Hannah McDonald-Moniz to speak with  World Bank co-author

        Ernesto Sanchez-Triana, Global Lead for Pollution Management and Circular Economy, World Bank

        NYC Health Department Press Office 

        To discuss NYC findings around lead-containing consumer products, please contact [email protected] to speak with:

        Paromita Hore, Director, Environmental Exposure Assessment and Education, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


        Briefing Event

        Join World Bank, Pure Earth, and the Center for Global Development for Online Briefing on Groundbreaking New Analysis of Lead’s Global Impact

        Breakfast Briefing: Groundbreaking Analysis of the World’s Top Toxin: Lead

        Thursday, September 14th, 2023

        Register here for the livestream event