Monday, May 22, 2023

Fox 29 Philadelphia: Elevated levels of lead found in schools across Delaware


Safe School Drinking Water Dashboard from Delaware.Gov

To find water testing results, the State of Delaware is posting water sampling results here.

Find out more about what Delaware is doing around drinking water in schools here: State of Delaware's website.

Recall: Lead in Cinnamon (Ziyad cinnamon powder)


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Voluntary: Firm initiated

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Recalling Firm:

ZB Importing LLC

5400 W 35th St

Cicero, IL 60804-4431

United States

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Recall: CultureFly Recalls L.O.L. Surprise! Trick or Treat Subscription Boxes Sold with Metal Doll Pins Due to the Violation of the Federal Lead Paint Ban; Lead Poisoning Hazard (Recall Alert)

Name of Product:
L.O.L. Surprise! Trick or Treat subscription boxes sold with Metal Doll Pins

The paint on the children’s metal doll pins contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead paint ban, posing a lead poisoning hazard. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.


Recall Date:
May 04, 2023

About 6,600

Recall: Lil Anglers Recalls Children's Fishing Rods Sold with Kid Casters No Tangle Combos Due to Violation of Federal Lead Content Ban

Name of Product:
Children's Fishing Rods sold with Kid Casters No Tangle Combos

The fishing rods contain levels of lead that exceed the federal lead content ban. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health issues.

Recall Date:
April 20, 2023

About 78,500 (In addition, about 2,250 sold in Canada)

Delaware spending $3.8M for water filters in schools statewide after elevated lead levels

Delaware spending $3.8M for water filters in schools statewide after elevated lead levels

The News Journal

By Amanda Fries

May 8, 2023

Key Points:

  • Delaware has earmarked $3.8 million to help public schools and charters install water filters in response to lead contamination in drinking water.
  • Senate Bill 9 outlines requirements for property owners to remediate lead-based paint hazards in homes.
  • The bill also creates a public fund to assist with lead remediation efforts when the landlord fails to do so proactively.
  • Delaware plans to spend $3.8 million to install water filters statewide throughout district and charter schools − a move that coincided Monday with state legislation introduced to remediate lead-based paint hazards in homes as the First State continues to tackle childhood lead exposure.
  • Delaware Education Secretary Mark Holodick announced the unprecedented funding during a news conference at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Rockland Monday afternoon, an event which also unveiled plans to create a public fund to help property owners remediate lead-based paint hazards in homes.
  • The announcements build on Delaware’s efforts to tackle childhood lead poisoning and exposure after the state botched water sampling for lead in schools during the pandemic. 
  • Since Delaware reversed course and hired an outside firm to resample drinking water sources for lead in schools, Holodick has alluded to plans for a “first filter” approach to proactively address lead exposures. 
  • “Installing filtration systems, an example would be water filling stations, is health protective, it’s cost-effective and it’s really a timely way to remove lead from school drinking water,” he said Monday. “It just makes good sense.”
  • Holodick said the resampling at schools is almost complete, which provides a guidebook for where to begin installing filters and performing other lead remediation efforts.

What does the new legislation aim to do?

Senate Bill 9, introduced by Sen. Sarah McBride and cosponsored by Rep. Larry Lambert in the Delaware House, creates a public fund to help property owners remediate lead-based paint hazards in homes where children have elevated blood lead levels, as well as outlines requirements for remediation and notification to impacted residents.

The fund will also cover the cost of temporary housing for residents while the remediation takes place.

“Importantly, we’re also incentivizing landlords to undertake remediation efforts on their own by including language that will bar them from raising rent for three years if the state has to step in to pay for remediation at one of their properties,” McBride said. “Finally, we’re charging the Childhood Lead Poisoning Advisory Committee (with sending) the Legislature a plan to ensure every residential rental property in Delaware is proactively screened for lead-based paint by 2026.”

When will property owners be required to remediate?

The bill, which was introduced Monday, must go through the typical legislative process and be debated by both the Delaware Senate and House before passage. 

Once adopted, the state health department’s Division of Public Health will be tasked with identifying lead exposure sites any time a child returns a blood lead level of 3.5 micrograms per deciliter or above (unless the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set a different maximum level) and notifying the property owner of those exposure points.

While the lead risk assessment is prompted by a child already exposed to lead, McBride pointed out that it will lead to remediation of rental units so future young tenants aren’t exposed.

“What we can do with this money is make sure that no other child gets exposed, remediate the problem as soon as possible so that the poisoning doesn’t get any worse,” she said. “And make sure that we’re putting these state resources into those highest priority homes and rental units.”

The law passed in June 2021 that requires blood lead testing for young children is in effect, state officials said, but the regulations are still being drafted. The state, for the fourth time, is taking written public comment until June 8 on the regulations governing the state’s childhood blood lead testing. The Division of Public Health will hold a hearing May 24. 

Owners must notify other residents of potential lead exposure, provide alternative housing during remediation, and employ a state-certified contractor to do the work.

The legislation establishes a timeline to ensure notification and remediation take place in a timely fashion. It also prohibits landlords from increasing rent for three years following lead remediation if public funds are used.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Save the Date: Kids Count in Delaware virtual release on May 3, 2023


Our partners at Kids Count in Delaware will be including a special feature on childhood lead poisoning in their 2023 data book.  Register online at

We are grateful for Kids Count in Delaware's efforts to ensure accurate data on childhood lead poisoning cases so that those impacted are not invisible.