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Lead Harms Children at Lower Levels than Previously Thought, Study Finds

EMSL Analytical’s lead testing results are supported by over three decades of experience


Experts say that the threshold for diagnosing lead poisoning in children should be lowered in light of new evidence that lead can harm children at lower levels than previously thought. Consequently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may revise its standards in response to a federal advisory committee’s recommendation.
According the New York Times, this is the first recommendation of its kind in twenty years and would translate into hundreds of thousands more children meeting the standard for lead poisoning.
Children are at the greatest risk for lead poisoning, because they are still developing and their small bodies would contain higher concentrations than adults. Possible complications resulting from lead poisoning are learning disabilities, mental retardation, behavioral problems, lowered intelligence, stunted growth, and hearing impairment.
“As the first step in the lead removal process, EMSL Analytical analyzes soil, drinking and waste water, air, wipes, and paint chip samples for competitive prices,” states Shannon Kauffman, Supervisor of EMSL’s Metals Laboratory. “Furthermore, we offer legally defensible lead testing at locations across the country.”
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About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the US and Canada. We provide analytical services for environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, forensics and materials science, consumer products, food safety, PCR, pharmaceutical, asbestos, lead, and radiological samples. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies. Please see our website for a complete listing of accreditations.


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