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Larry Brooks
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Healthy Homes Department
Including the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

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FDA Announces Recall of LeadCare Blood Lead Tests

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have issued a recall notice concerning the use of some LeadCare Blood Lead Tests distributed between 2020 and 2021. The use of these devices may cause serious injuries because they might underestimate blood lead levels. The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall.

Click here to read the full announcement.

June is Healthy Homes Month

ACR 91 Healthy Homes Awareness Month (http://bit.ly/3x7Axsu) passed the State Assembly making June Healthy Homes Awareness Month in California! For more information on Healthy Homes Month:

HUD.gov National Healthy Homes Month

Older Americans Month-Virtual Town Hall-Fighting Back Fraud and Scams

For Older Americans Month, the California Department of Insurance presents this Virtual Town Hall on Fighting Back Fraud and Scams. Also includes a discussion of the Master Plan for Aging and information from the State Contractors State License Board. Click her to view the Virtual Town Hall.

Send Toxics Packing-Fast Free Drop Off - 4 Locations

Safely dispose of your household hazardous waste, keep your home toxic free!

Leftover household hazardous waste should never be thrown in the trash or recycling bin, flushed down the toilet, or dumped down the drain or storm sewer. Alameda County offers multiple free, convenient options for properly and safely disposing of these materials.

Household Hazardous Waste

New Report on Toxic Metals in Baby Food

UPDATE: New State of California Informational Flyer: Keeping Your Child Safe from Lead and Other Heavy Metals in Baby Foods. Congressional investigators have found toxic heavy metals in many baby food brands according to a February 4, 2021 report from the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy Committee on Oversight and Reform. The investigators examined a range of cereals, purees, and juices. A copy of the report can be found at: https://oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/2021-02-04%20ECP%20Baby%20Food%20Staff%20Report.pdf

For additional information on this report and toxic metals in baby foods:

NEW Alameda County Age-Friendly Website

Developed at the request of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors by the Alameda County Social Services Agency and Health Care Services Agency, and in partnership with the Council for Age-Friendly Communities (Age Friendly Council) to provide access to Countywide and City-specific services, and information on initiatives, policies, and volunteer opportunities for older adults including:

  • A central portal for resources available to Alameda County's older adults and their caregivers
  • Information about Countywide age-friendly efforts, the Age Friendly Council, City-specific services, and updates from the World Health Organization/AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities and the Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
  • Policy and planning resources including current data relevant to older adults, reports, and in-depth issue guides on special topics
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • COVID-19 resources for older adults... and more

Please check it out at: https://agefriendly.acgov.org/index.page


Archived News


Dangerous Spices: Why India's Cooking Powders Pose A Risk of Lead Poisoning

Exposure to the heavy metal from spice powders and car batteries is affecting child health across the subcontinent. A study this year by Unicef and the NGO Pure Earth documented childhood lead poisoning.

www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/dec/24/dangerous-spices-why-indias-cooking-powders-pose-a-risk-of-lead-poisoning

TEDx Wilmington: Why We Should Worry About Lead Poisoning In A New Home

This invisible poison travels on your hair, your clothes, your shoes, your tools and it causes permanent brain damage for children under the age of 6. This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxWilmingtonLive:

www.ted.com/talks/kate_kirkwood_why_we_should_worry_about_lead_poisoning_in_a_new_home

U.S. EPA Settlement With Salinas Contractor For Lead-Based Paint Violations

September 23, 2020: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with Dilbeck & Sons, Inc. for violations of federal regulations related to lead-based paint.

www.epa.gov/newsreleases/us-epa-reaches-settlement-dilbeck-sons-lead-based-paint-violations-salinas-california

METHYLENE CHLORIDE PAINT STRIPPER BAN

Effective November 22, 2019, the US EPA banned the sale of paint strippers containing methylene chloride for consumer use. Click here for more information.




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