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Introduction The primary question that this report was designed to answer may be stated as follows: "Given the fact that some children eat paint, what is a safe level of lead in paint?" An answer to this question presupposes answers to three preliminary questions; namely: 1) What are the adverse effects of lead? 2) What dose of lead is sufficient to produce adverse effects? and, 3) What is the estimated daily intake of lead in a child with pica for paint? These questions are discussed succinctly in the above sequence in the body of this report. Following this is a discussion of the lead content of paints available on the current retail market and a discussion of future research needs. The Committee recommendations appear at the end of the report. Detailed discussions and supporting data for state- ments made in the body of the report are given in the appendices. Detailed Appendices have been prepared which are designed to stand along in support of the report. Although the total amount of lead assimilated may be de- rived from a variety of environmental sources, this report is concerned mainly with the absorption of lead due to the ingestion of lead-containing paints by young children.
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