Lead-tainted crayons from China part 1: Secondary prevention in Arizona

Patricia Arreola, Cecile Fowler, Kristina Schaller, Zannie Weaver, Catherine Neumann, Leslie Boyer

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The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) identified lead-containing crayons from China as a likely source in the lead poisoning of an 11 month-old child. This finding sparked nationwide attention which, in coordination with data from the Oregon Health Division (OHD), led to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recall of 13 brands of crayons. This paper describes the events leading to the recall and illustrates the role of public health agencies in a comprehensive childhood lead poisoning prevention program. In particular, background screening and surveillance were key to the identification of this previously unknown lead poisoning risk, lead-tainted crayons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-10
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of environmental health
Issue number7
StatePublished - Mar 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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