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Parliamentary questions
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4 August 2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Marlene Mortler (PPE)
 Subject: Lead poisoning in children in the EU and worldwide

According to a recent UNICEF report, lead poisoning affects one in every three children – a total of around 800 million children around the world. Affected children have at least 5 micrograms of lead per decilitre of blood – a very worrying level. About half of the children involved live in southern Asia.

Exposure to lead in childhood is also associated with mental health problems and behavioural issues. The report states that older children suffer serious consequences such as a higher risk of kidney damage and cardiovascular disease later in life.

Informal, non-standard methods of recycling lead-acid batteries are apparently a major cause of lead poisoning in children in low- and medium-income countries.

1. Does the Commission have information on how widespread lead pollution is, and what risks it poses?

2. In the Commission’s view, what is causing the rising rates of lead poisoning in children around the world, and what can be done to combat it to protect children?

3. What is known about lead poisoning in children in the European Union?


Original language of question: DE
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