Foods and Spices Found to Contain Lead

Spices bought or sent from Bangladesh, Georgia and other countries may contain high levels of lead. See below for more information.

Georgian Spices

High Levels of Lead in Traditional Ceramic Ware or Pottery

Traditional pottery and other forms of ceramic ware may contain high levels of lead. These products may be made in many countries around the world, including Mexico, Ecuador, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

Cosmetics and Religious Powders Found to Contain Lead

Some cosmetics and religious powders from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East may contain high levels of lead.  Lead can get on to hands after touching contaminated cosmetics or religious powders. Lead on the hands can be swallowed.  Children are at special risk because they often put their hands in their mouths. Cosmetics and religious powders should never be used in food.  See below for more information.

Kohl, Kajal, Surma and Tiro


Toys, Jewelry, Charms and Amulets Found to Contain Lead

Paint and metal parts of some jewelry, amulets, charms and toys may contain lead. Lead can be swallowed when these objects are placed in the mouth. Children are especially at risk because they often put objects in their mouths. Lead is not usually absorbed well through the skin. See below for more information.

Jewelry, Charms and Amulets

Lead has been found in the paint, metal and plastic parts of toys, jewelry, and other novelty items. Younger children who put objects such as toys in their mouths are at greatest risk for poisoning. For information about lead in toys and other toy safety tips see the:

See the Toy Safety Tips Fact Sheet (PDF) for tips to keep children safe. Other languages (PDF): [Español] [中文] [Français] [Русский] [Kreyòl ayisyen] [العربية] [اردو] [বাংলা] [ײִדיש]

Other Hazardous Consumer Products

Certain consumer products may be harmful to your health because they contain dangerous chemicals. See below for more information.


Cordial de Monell (Cordial de Monell para la Dentición)

Skin-lightening Cream With Mercury

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