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Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

What is lead poisoning?

Consumer Product Safety Commission Information Related to Lead
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Lead poisoning is a disease that can cause serious health problems, such as brain and kidney damage, coma and even death. Even small blood lead levels can lead to learning problems and hyperactivity. You should be concerned if your child tests at even a low level; any level of lead in the blood is a concern.

Signs of lead poisoning may not be present or may be though of as the flu. However, some symptoms could include:

  • Stomach ache and/or cramps
  • Low energy
  • Headache and irritability
  • Poor appetite

Who is at risk?

Children from birth to 6 years are at a high risk for lead poisoning because they absorb a much higher amount of lead. Their growing bodies are more likely to be damaged by lead. Pregnant women, people living in poverty and/or living in housing built before 1978 are also at high risk.

Tennessee Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (TCLPPP)

The TCLPPP is a collaboration headed by the Tennessee Department of Health and receives funds from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal is to protect Tennessee's children from lead poisoning and to promote among all populations the knowledge and skills needed to prevent lead poisoning.

Program Goals


  • Monitor blood levels in children less than 6 years of age
  • Test children at 12 and 24 months
  • Increase number of children screened
  • Follow up on children with high levels of lead in the blood
  • Increase public awareness of the dangers of lead

Program Partners


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Program Links


Centers for Disease Control & Prevention - Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Housing & Urban Development
Sullivan County Regional Health Department - Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation - Lead-Based Paint Abatement Program
Tennessee Department of Health - Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
US Environmental Protection Agency - LEAD Awareness Program

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News & Announcements

RECALL ALERT!
August 23, 2012

Recall Alert

Red Vines Black Licorice Twists have been recalled by the manufacturer, American Licorice Company of Union City, California for high lead levels

Affected candies are in 16-oz bags with the designation:"Best Before 020413."

Parents of young children who have consumed the product recently-or expectant mothers who may have-should contact their physician.

8/6/2013 - Sleepharmony Pink Youth Beds Recalled by Glideaway Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #13-258

7/31/2013 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Far East Brokers Recalls Ladybug-themed Kids’ Outdoor Furniture Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #13-255

10/16/2012 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -en's Apparel Network Recalls Fleece Hoodie and T-Shirt Sets Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard; Sold Exclusively at Target -- Recall Notice Release #13-008

9/27/2012 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Captain Cutlass Pirate Toy Guns Recalled by Dillon Importing Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #12-285

1/24/2012 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Mexican Wrestling Action Figures Recalled by Lee Carter Co. Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #12-092

1/5/2012 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Children's Chairs and Stools Recalled by Elegant Gifts Mart Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #12-081

12/22/2011 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Target Recalls Circo Childrens’ Travel Cases Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #12-064

12/22/2011 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Target Recalls Circo Childrens’ Travel Cases Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #12-064

9/28/11 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -LM Import & Export Recalls Toy Cars Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #11-335

8/4/11 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Build-A-Bear Workshop Recalls Lapel Pins Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #11-298

6/30/11 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Cost Plus Inc. Recalls Wooden Animal Drum Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #11-263

6/7/11 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -EKSuccess Brands Recalls American Girl Crafts Jewelry Kit Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #11-239

5/5/11 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -G.A. Gertmenian and Sons Recalls Toy Story 3 Bowling Game Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #11-217

4/12/11 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Girl's Clothing Recalled by My Michelle Due to Risk of Lead Exposure -- Recall Notice Release #11-195

12/22/10 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Ceramic Banks Recalled by Oriental Trading Company Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #11-077

7/26/10 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Brine Recalls VIP Lacrosse Gloves Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #10-310

7/1/10 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Daiso Recalls Children?s Coin Purses and Jewelry Due to Risk of Lead Exposure -- Recall Notice Release #10-292

6/24/10 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Youth Tiara Recalled by Wilton Industries Due to Lead Exposure Hazard -- Recall Notice Release #10-279

6/17/10 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Target Recalls Children?s Belts Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #10-268

5/27/10 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Cost Plus Inc. Recalls Tea Glasses Due to Risk of Lead Exposure -- Recall Notice Release #10-249

5/27/10 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Basketball-Shaped Chair and Ottoman Sets Recalled by Colleen Karis Designs Due to Violoation of Lead Paint Standard; Sold at HomeGoods Stores -- Recall Notice Release #10-245

4/7/10 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Hammary Furniture Recalls Chests and Tables Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #10-191

4/1/10 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Bauer Recalls Children's Hockey Sticks Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #10-189

3/18/10 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Do It Best Recalls Bicycle Bells Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #10-174

3/3/10 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Children?s Bracelets Recalled by Chandigarh Fashion Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #10-153

2/17/10 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Allreds Design Recalls Baby Bracelets and Pacifier Clips Due to Risk of Lead Exposure -- Recall Notice Release #10-139

2/2/10 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Children?s Toy Jewelry Sets Recalled by Playmates Toys; Charms Violate the Total Lead Standard -- Recall Notice Release #10-131

2/2/10 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Children?s Greeting Cards with Bracelets Recalled Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #10-128

1/26/10 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Horse Toy Figures Recalled by Blip Toys Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #10-120

1/8/10 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Children’s “Big Rex and Friends” Cloth Books Recalled Due to Risk of Lead Exposure -- Recall Notice Release #10-105

1/6/10 - US Consumer Product Safety Commission -Jide Trading Recalls Toy Military Figure Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard -- Recall Notice Release #10-098

Family & Consumer Sciences


Health & Safety Specialists

Martha Keel , PhD
Professor & Extension Housing & Environmental Health Specialist
Phone: (865) 974-8197
mkeel@utk.edu

Bonnie Hinds, M.S.
Environmental Health Programs
Phone: (865) 974-8178
bhinds@utk.edu