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Lead Contamination Detected in Paprika in Kansas

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The Kansas City Health Department reports that they have detected lead in paprika being sold at small grocery stores. The contamination has been linked to a single distributor in the area, and sales have since been stopped.

The contaminated paprika was discovered during an investigation after a 2-year-old girl was diagnosed with lead poisoning. Kansas health officials assisted the family in getting rid of lead-based paint and other substances that could have contributed to her lead poisoning, but the girl’s blood still revealed elevated lead levels. The Health Department then inspected her diet, which included the spices that her mother used for cooking. During this examination, the family’s paprika was found to be contaminated with lead.

The Kansas City Health Department stated that spices sold in large volumes, especially paprika, are likely to be contaminated with lead. In some cases, lead is added to the spice to preserve its color; however, in other cases, the lead comes from the soil where the spice is grown or from processing the spice.

Even a small amount of exposure to lead can have serious side effects on young children, including reduced IQ, brain damage, and increase risk of attention disorders.

“To prevent unnecessary exposure to lead, EMSL Analytical conducts tests to determine whether lead levels are within permissible limits,” reported Shannon Kauffman, Metals Laboratory Supervisor at EMSL. “EMSL Analytical, one of the nation’s largest commercial laboratories with locations across the country, provides lead analysis for a variety of samples, including food, consumer products, paint chips, soil, water, and air.”

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