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Dr. John Froines, FSPH Professor Emeritus, was quoted March. 13 by California Healthline in an article about proposed legislation to change the California Health and Safety Code to require lead testing for all children ages 6 months to 6 years.
John Froines, professor emeritus at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, said screening all children is a good step toward addressing lead contamination, but scientists still disagree on what should be considered safe levels of lead.
“For years, regulatory agencies have tried to set blood lead standards, but the fact of the matter is that there are no safe levels,” Froines said.
When lead is inhaled or ingested, it travels through the bloodstream and ends up in bones and soft-tissue organs such as the brain, Froines said. In bones, lead can accumulate over time and last up to 32 years, he said.