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Lead Poisoning in Oregon

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and state and local partners are investigating a link between blood lead levels (BLLs) ≥3.5 µg/dL in children consuming certain cinnamon-containing apple purée and applesauce products.​



Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Lead and Chromium Poisoning Outbreak Linked to Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Brote de intoxicación por plomo y cromo vinculado a bolsitas de puré de manzana con canela​

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA): Investigation of Elevated Lead & Chromium Levels: Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches​

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA):​ Investigación sobre los niveles elevados de plomo y cromo en las bolsas de puré de manzana y canela

CDC Health Alert Network Health Advisory: High Blood Lead Levels in Children Consuming Recalled Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches

CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (1/5/2024): Update on High Blood Lead Levels in Children Consuming Recalled Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches and Potential Chromium Exposure​

Alarming levels of lead have been found in traditional cosmetics used in Hindu and Muslim religious practices and South and Southeast Asian cultures. High lead levels have also been found in the spice turmeric, particularly in smaller batches brought​ in from overseas.


Frequently Asked Questions: Lead in Traditional Cosmetics and Turmeric

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Lead poisoning prevention tips

Lead poisoning is a significant environmental health problem.

Laws and regulations are in place to protect people; however lead poisoning is still a risk for many Oregonians, especially children. The Lead Poisoning Prevention Program enforces state regulations, oversees professional training and certification, and responds to concerns about lead and its effect on public health.

Contact Us   Training Calendar (pdf)   Notice of Abatement Form (pdf)  


Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 333-017 and 333-018 Amended Effective 10/26/2023

  • These amendments include a replacement of the term "lead poisoning" with "blood lead level at or above the blood lead reference value", and a reduction in the case definition from 5 ug/dL to 3.5 ug/dL.
  • This amendment aligns Oregon with the CDC's Blood Lead Reference Value.

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 News

FDA Recall Notice and Investigation of Lead Contamination of Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree Pouches

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising parents/caregivers not to eat, sell, or serve multiple brands of apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches to children because the product may contain elevated levels of lead. Parents and caregivers of toddlers and young children who may have consumed these apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches should contact their child’s healthcare provider about getting a blood test.
  • CDC: Lead Poisoning Outbreak Linked to Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches
  • News release from the Oregon Department of Agriculture

Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 333-017 and 333-018 Amended Effective 10/26/2023

  • These amendments include a replacement of the term "lead poisoning" with "blood lead level at or above the blood lead reference value", and a reduction in the case definition from 5 ug/dL to 3.5 ug/dL.
  • This amendment aligns Oregon with the CDC's Blood Lead Reference Value.
Oregon Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Advisory Committee presentation (10/10/2023)
High lead levels found in two tubes of Diep Bao cream used to treat eczema in babies

EPA Affirms Building Managers Responsible for Lead-Based Paint Safety Requirements When Performing Renovations

  • 1/21/2022 Press Release announcing changes affecting property management companies that manage pre-1978 housing or properties and contract renovations that could disturb lead-based paint.

FDA Safety Warning and Recalls for LeadCare Analyzers

Law Related to Demolition of Residences with Lead-Based Paint

Alerts and Recalls

Reducing Lead in School Drinking Water