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Taking Action against Lead Poisoning

May 10, 2024

State and federal public health leaders are highlighting the need to protect children against lead poisoning and exposure.

This week, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued an alert about a recall for the Dixon Ticonderoga Creativity Street Foam Pattern Rollers that are used for painting by children. The products have lead levels that exceed the federal content ban. The recall comes as federal officials released a progress report on the national initiative to reduce lead exposure and health-related issues.

“Lead can be harmful if ingested, especially for a young child,” said Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Debra Bogen. “Parents and caregivers should not have to worry about their children’s toys making them sick.”

Here's the latest on the state and federal lead updates:

  • About the recall:  If you have the Dixon pattern roller, you should immediately stop using the product and keep it away from children. You can also contact Dixon Ticonderoga to receive a pre-paid label to return the recalled product.
  • Public health concern:  Early identification of elevated lead levels is critical to prevent potential health issues. Contact 1-800-440-LEAD, for more information. 
  • Federal action plan:  This week, the federal government announced its progress in its federal lead action plan, reviewing the period from 2018–2024.
  • National goals:  The plan’s four pillars are to reduce children’s exposure to lead sources; identify lead-exposed children and improve their health outcomes; improve communication; and support and conduct critical research to reduce lead exposures and related health risks.
  • Quotable:  Children are our future. We must ensure that they have safe places to learn and grow,” said U.S. Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Rachel Levine.

Additional information about the state health alert and the national plan are available online.