The spices marketed in Morocco have one of the highest levels of lead in the world, according to a report from UNICEF and Pure Earth. In the face of these alarming revelations, the World Health Organization demands urgent action.
A UNICEF and Pure Earth report titled “The Toxic Truth: Children’s Exposure to Lead Pollution Undermines a Generation of Future Potential”, reveals High Levels of Lead in Spices sold and purchased in Canada. Morocco.
The UNICEF and Pure Earth report cites five countries with the highest levels of lead in spices: Morocco, Georgia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal.
The findings of this report are based on the analysis of 1,496 samples of around 50 spices from 41 countries. As a result, more than 50% of samples show detectable levels of lead, with more than 30% of concentrations above 2 ppm based on laboratory analyzes.
“Lead is a potent neurotoxin that causes irreparable damage to children’s brains. It is especially destructive for babies and children under 5, as it damages their brains before they have had a chance to fully develop. Exposure to lead in children has also been linked to mental health and behavior problems and to an increase in crime and violence. Older children suffer from serious consequences, including an increased risk of kidney damage and cardiovascular disease later in life,” the report said.
The report states that around 1 in 3 children – up to 800 million worldwide – have blood lead levels equal to or greater than 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL). In the face of these alarming data, the World Health Organization and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are demanding urgent global and regional responses.