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Lunch Bags Given Out In Calaveras County Show Unsafe Levels Of Lead

San Andreas, Ca — The Calaveras County Public Health Department has issued an advisory warning the public to stop using canvas lunch bags with the message “Eat Fruits And Vegetables And Be Active” printed on the outside.

The canvas lunch boxes were distributed in California by the Public Health Department to local agencies providing nutrition education. The bags were obtained through a manufacturer, TA Creations, and were produced in Canton, China.

In Calaveras County, the lunch bags were mainly given out as part of a local project, the “Take A Step” nutrition and physical activity campaign. Calaveras County Director of Public Health Colleen Tracy says a total of 300 bags were distributed between Calaveras and Amador Counties.

People should take the bags to either the Rock Creek Solid Waste Facility in Milton or to one of the Public Health Department Offices in San Andreas. The offices are located at 700 Mountain Ranch Rd., Suite C-1, and 373B W. Saint Charles St.

No known cases of lead poisoning have resulted from use of the lunch bags. Health officials stated that it is unlikely that any person will become acutely ill from lead if they have a contaminated lunch bag. However, because some of the lunch bags may have lead in the painted logo or on the bag surface, it is possible for food to become contaminated with lead.

Additional information about lead poisoning or the lunch bags is available from the Public Health Department at 754-6460 or 1-800-754-8889.

Written by BJ Hansen