LEAD Action News

LEAD Action News Vol 1 no 3 Spring 1993   ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News ( ISSN 1440-0561)
The journal of The LEAD (Lead Education and Abatement Design) Group Inc.

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Lead in News Print

By Alison Jacobs

Q. Do newspapers and magazines still contain lead in their print?

A. The Sydney Morning Herald's chemist gave his assurance that Lead in newspapers and magazines is and has been a thing of the past for more than 20 years. Today's technology allows them to use wood fibres that are harmless to create the print. Lead in print he believed could be found in very old books, such as family bibles that have very strong black print that lasts for decades. If children were to chew on these they would be ingesting lead.

It had happened in the past that people in fact ingested lead by licking their fingers and turning the pages of their newspaper. This no longer happens with the new methods of printing.

It was explained that lead print gives very dark coverage, lasts a long time and looks very bold. The question then goes begging is lead used in product packaging - the answer is nobody knows. This perhaps is an interesting comment on our protection organisations that have stringent rules regarding what is inside a packet - but have no idea what the packaging contains as regards chemical composition.

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