CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 11, 1977
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(Studio) Controversy with regard to lead content in decorations on McDonald's drinking glasses noted. May not be confined to McDonald's glasses.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Lexington, Massachusetts) Controversy began after routine check to determine cause of high lead level in children's blood. Results of testing, as confirmed by regional FDA (Food and Drug Administration) officer, noted. Massachusetts health department asked McDonald's to stop distribution; company does, but says glasses meet all known standards. [Company spokesperson Doug TIMBERLAKE - notes that there' s never been illness traced to food or drink use from decorated glass in 50-yr. history of industry] Lead content found by Massachusetts officials in paint on glass and they say it can flake off glassware in time. [Massachusetts health commissioner Dr. Jonathan FIELDING - notes paint can be scraped off and that young children chew on things not normally eaten by others.] Environmental Protection Agency scientist at local agency lab outside Boston bought exs. of painted glassware and most showed higher levels of lead in paint than state law allows. [Dr. Thomas SPITTLER - is concerned with regard to old painted glasses in own home; can scrape paint off with fingernail and daughter can get it off with her teeth, if she chews on it.] Authorities say there's lead in many painted glasses and cups; it comes off with age and wear.
REPORTER: Jim Kilpatrick