Fairwarning.org Report: Stunning Loss for Lead Paint Makers in California Lawsuit Includes ConAgra

A California state court ruling against the lead paint industry broke the industry’s perfect record of defending suits by public agencies seeking to extract money for removal of flaking lead paint from older homes and apartments. Omaha-based ConAgra Grocery Products Co. is one of three defendants in the case, which resulted in a huge ruling involving cash.

After Flicking Away Lawsuits, Lead Industry Goes for a Final Knockout

In April, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised to 535,000 its estimate of the number of American children with potentially dangerous levels of lead in their blood. The number of children found to have high levels of lead in their blood has been declining nationally over the past few years. Iowa, too, has seen a decline. In 2008, 624 children were found to have high levels of lead in their blood, data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows. That number dropped to 323 in 2009.