Magellan lead tests recall may impact data tracking lead-poisoned kids


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall of three types of Magellan Diagnostic’s blood lead testing kits, which measure the level of lead in someone’s blood.

The recall is being issued, according to the FDA, because the tests posed “a significant risk of (producing) falsely low blood lead level results.”

Blood lead tests are routinely performed on pregnant women and children — especially in the cities of Milwaukee and Racine — to determine if there are lead contaminants in the home, such as lead pipes that can flake lead into drinking water or lead paint that can chip, turn into dust or be eaten by small children.

Lead exposure has been proven to reduce IQ scores, impulse control and attentiveness in children and was identified as a risk factor for being involved in gun violence later in life.

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