Salad dressing ingredient may contain lead

November 9, 2009 11:43:56 AM PST
Researchers now say a popular ingredient in salad dressing may contain enough lead to hurt children who eat it regularly.

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An analysis by Environmental Health News finds enough lead in some balsamic and red wine vinegars to raise a child's blood lead levels by 30 percent, if they eat just one tablespoon of the vinegar per day.

The vinegar industry says its product is safe, and notes that other food products also contain measurable levels of lead.

Lead can cause brain damage in young people.

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