Lead is a toxic element that is naturally present in the water, air, and soil. Even small amounts of lead can be dangerous, especially to children. Lead inhibits the proper development of the brain, which in turn can affect speech, emotion, and cognitive ability. In addition, recent studies have demonstrated a link between lead and premature death due to heart disease.
New concerns about lead in food have surfaced in India where instant noodles, a popular food consumed by tens of millions of people, may contain lead. While the possibility of lead being present is alarming, food makers, such as Nestle, have argued that the level of this toxin is well under safe limits. These food makers argue that the presence of lead is naturally present in the soil at less than 2.5 parts per million and that no lead is added to their food products.
Is There a Safe Level for Lead?
The counterargument to Nestle’s position is that no amount of lead in any food is safe. Prolonged exposure to lead, even in low amounts, contains serious health risks over time. This is especially true for children who over their lifetime will absorb four to five times the amount of lead in their systems compared to adults.
The presence of low levels of lead can lower the IQ of children and cause behavioral issues. High levels of lead affect the central nervous system along with the brain, which may lead to serious health complications that include death. Surviving such exposure still leads to complications that may include damage to the liver, kidneys, and other parts of the body.
Signs of Lead Poisoning
Early indications of lead exposure can be difficult to detect simply because there are no symptoms in the early stages. By the time the symptoms do appear, the poisoning may be considerable. Most of the symptoms in children and adults involve the brain and having behavioral problems, delays in growth, issues focusing and learning, and memory loss.
There may also be abdominal pain, weakness, fatigue, diarrhea, pain in the extremities, and more. Lead poisoning is now connected to cardiovascular issues, such as high blood pressure and heart attacks. Whether you have any symptoms or not, testing for lead will provide some peace of mind in knowing whether it is present in your food or on your property.
Call Brickley Environmental
If you suspect the presence of lead in your food or perhaps on your property, call the experts at Brickley Environmental today. We have the knowledge, experience, and equipment necessary to detect the presence of lead and have it safely removed from your residence or business.