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Lead Exposure from Cosmetic Product Causes Lead Poisoning in 6-Month-Old Boy

EMSL Analytical provides testing services for lead and other heavy metals in consumer products and environmental samples.


According to Fox News, a 6-month old boy has developed lead poisoning after contact with a cosmetic product known as “trio.” The powder-like substance was placed on the boy’s eyelids during a folk remedy that is said to support visual development. The boy, who was born in the United States to Nigerian parents, was brought to the Boston Children’s Hospital in June 2011 where elevated levels of lead were detected in his blood.

During a routine checkup, a pediatrician noticed the powder on the boy’s eyelids. He was sent for lead testing in which the results were positive. The powder on the boy’s eyelids was also tested, and it reportedly contained 82.6 percent lead. The boy has since been treated with iron supplements and referred to the hospital for further testing.

The boy’s parents have stopped using the powder, and blood tests reveal that his lead levels are dropping. Fox News reports that the boy is developing normally and growing well.

Exposure to lead can damage the body organs including the brain, kidneys, and bone marrow. Lead is highly toxic, especially to young children. Their bodies are still developing, making them more susceptible to absorbing and retaining lead.

“In young children, even a small amount of lead exposure can cause brain damage, reduce IQ, and increase chances of learning and behavioral deficiencies,” states Shannon Kauffman, Metals Laboratory Supervisor at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “EMSL, one of the nation’s largest commercial laboratories, can determine whether lead levels are within permissible limits through our advanced metal testing services.”

For more information on EMSL’s testing services, please contact EMSL at (800) 220-3675, visit , or email .

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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