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Lead Poisoning and Public Policy-Reply

Am J Dis Child. 1988;142(3):252. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1988.02150030017006.
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In Reply.—Kind words are always appreciated and deserve a response. The issue of dust and soil as sources of lead exposure of children needs far more emphasis and consideration by those charged with reducing household exposures. This is all the more important because of the recent edict of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.1 This ruling, which was published after I wrote my editorial, specifies that all lead-based paint be completely removed from surfaces of houses that are accessible to and chewable by children under 7 years of age. This ruling applies irrespective of whether those surfaces are intact and completely sound. Knowing the way most people go about refinishing houses, the ease with which chips and dust are scattered, and the lack of means to test for residual dust, I rather suspect that the experiences reported by Amitai et al may become commonplace. Not a comforting


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