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QUESTION: Information/citations/web sites that deal with the transfer rate or leaching of lead from plastics 07 Nov 2007 New York, USA

 Could you please provide us with any information/citations/web sites that deal with the transfer rate or leaching of lead from plastics (PVC-vinyl lunchboxes etc.) into other media such as food or water. We are trying to estimate the potential of lead to leach out of these types of materials into media that could be involved in potential human exposure. Any help would be greatly appreciated in these potential public health matters  and I would like to thank you in advance for any assistance you might be able to provide.

Thanks again, Dean Briggs

Research Scientist

NYS Dept of Health‍

ANSWER: 05 Jun 2009  

Dear Dean,

I sincerely hope that by now you have found the answers you were looking for. If there is anything that you've found that we could add to our library to make it easier for us to answer similar queries in the future, that would be greatly appreciated.

As far as I'm aware, the only articles in our library on the topic is

  1. 1. a Greenpeace report: "Lead and Cadmium in Children's Vinyl Products" [attached, originally at http://www.greenpeace.org/raw/content/usa/press/reports/lead-and-cadmium-in-children-s.pdf] which claims Greenpeace test results for lead and cadmium as follows, for example: rain hat; Warner Bros. Tweety Warner Bros. 4,060 Pb; 35.4 Cd rain coat; Columbia Youth Parka Uncle Dan's 22,550 Pb; 47.9 Cd
  2. 2. TOYING WITH TOXICS: AN INVESTIGATION OF LEAD AND CADMIUM IN SOFT TOYS IN THREE CITIES IN INDIA, by Indian NGO Toxics Link, at www.toxicslink.org/pub-view.php?pubnum=161

CPSC Staff Report on Lead and Cadmium in Children's Polyvinylchloride (PVC) Products

Lead Leaching And Faucet Corrosion In PVC Home Plumbing

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Yours Sincerely

Elizabeth O'Brien,

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