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February 2024

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Feb. 05, 2024. cleveland.com Cleveland City Council adopts new blight-fighting tools, with some changes to Mayor Bibb’s plan. "Cleveland City Council on Monday passed its version of Mayor Justin Bibb’s “Residents First” housing code enforcement overhaul, which maintains much of Bibb’s original plan, but includes some compromises." 

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This week's Fruit Pouch News

States take the lead on lead

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This week in fruit pouches 

January 29, 2024. USA TODAY.  Recalled cinnamon applesauce pouches were never tested for lead, FDA reports. "The recalled cinnamon applesauce pouches contaminated with lead that sickened hundreds of children were not tested for the heavy metals at the manufacturing plant, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation finds. An FDA document, first obtained by CBS News, details an inspection of the Austrofood factory in Ecuador that happened at the beginning of December. The inspection found that "numerous rough edges, chipped, and pitted areas" on a stainless-steel conveyor belt led to metal pieces breaking off and ending up in the final product."  wake up call, FDA.

January 2024

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This week in Fruit Pouch Poisoning

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Lots of local stories about Ohio CHIP grants for lead clean up. Funny to see all these rural r's line up to take credit for big guv'mt money.

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WTF? Is this the next fad?

January 20, 2024. Yahoo.com. This common cat litter ingredient can help keep dangerous lead from poisoning people’s yards: ‘It’s 20 minutes of work’ Zeolite, a super-absorbent mineral common in cat litter, can also sop up lead contamination in your backyard." Here's the rest of the story. Anyone want to do some research?

Around Cleveland-The missing link?  

A copy of the December report of the Lead Safe Auditor turned up this week on a Cleveland City Council link. The CWRU website that hosts Cleveland's Lead Safe Advisory Board information has not been updated since the December 14th meeting, although Signal Cleveland published a PowerPoint presentation of the December report. A quick review of the newly discovered 19 page report seemed to echo the findings of the September Auditors Report, which set off a flurry of news stories when it was made public in late October. Takeaway? "It has been reported in prior quarters, as in this one, that compliance for rentals not on the registry has been minimal, providing factual evidence that further efforts must be made to bring those property owners into the certification process and achieve the stated goals."

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January 13, 2024. Morning Journal. Lorain County receives $45K grant to remove toxic lead from houses. "The Ohio Department of Development announced Jan. 11 that $1.6 million in grants to help remove toxic lead from 82 low- and moderate-income households in 25 communities across the state, including Lorain County, according to a news release. Lorain County will receive a $45,000 grant. The funding comes from Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) — Lead Abatement Program (LAP) money allocated through the Lead Safe Ohio program, which is investing a total of nearly $100 million to support lead mitigation and prevention projects, the release said. [   ] This is in addition to the $84 million in awards announced on Dec. 14, the release said." More here.

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Fruit pouch news of the week

Investigation of Elevated Lead & Chromium Levels: Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches (November 2023) "CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health is conducting case finding efforts in collaboration with state and local health departments. CDC’s case definition for state partners includes a blood lead level of 3.5 µg/dL or higher measured within 3 months after consuming a recalled WanaBana, Schnucks, or Weis brand fruit puree product after November 2022. As of January 5, CDC has received reports of 86 confirmed cases, 209 probable cases, and 26 suspected cases for a total of 321 cases from 38 different states through their reporting structure." Lots of stories, not much news.

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This week in tainted applesauce

January 5, 2024. Associated Press via ABC.  Lead-tainted applesauce pouches also contained another possible toxic substance: FDAU.S. health officials say that recalled cinnamon applesauce pouches tied to lead poisoning in U.S. kids contained chromium, a chemical element that can be toxic "Recalled cinnamon applesauce pouches that were tied to lead poisoning in hundreds of U.S. children contained an additional contaminant, federal health officials said Friday. Besides lead, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said investigators detected “a high level” of the chemical element chromium, which can be toxic, in WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree and in cinnamon collected from the Ecuador factory where the pouches were manufactured.`` Here's the latest CDC update

December 2023

About those railroad bridges

This week in Applesauce food packets

Still no word on Cleveland's efforts to address railroad bridges.

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This week's update on Fruit Pouch investigations

12/14/2023. Politico. Applesauce pouches may have been contaminated on purpose, FDA foods chief saysThe food safety agency continues to investigate dozens of incidents of lead poisoning in U.S. children linked to three brands of cinnamon applesauce pouches. "Tainted cinnamon applesauce pouches that have sickened scores of children in the U.S. may have been purposefully contaminated with lead, according to FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods Jim Jones. 'We’re still in the midst of our investigation. But so far all of the signals we’re getting lead to an intentional act on the part of someone in the supply chain and we’re trying to sort of figure that out,' Jones said in an exclusive interview. The pouches found to be contaminated were sold under three brands — Weis, WanaBana and Schnucks — that are all linked to a manufacturing facility in Ecuador. The FDA says it’s conducting an inspection of that facility."

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Inside the Lead and Copper rule news

Another Upcoming EPA Region 5 Webinar

EPA Region 5 will be presenting a discussion on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 from 3to 4p.m. ET, Q&A session from 4 to 4:15 p.m. ET Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a tool designed to investigate how a proposed program, project, policy, or plan may impact health and well-being and inform decision makers of these potential outcomes before the decision is made. HIA can also be used as an approach to engage the community as a stakeholder and to coproduce recommendations to improve community health. Registration and presentation information is in the attached flyer. Please pass this along to your contacts that might be interested.

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 It's YOU cinnamon!

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sidebar 1: Two more decades til we're done! That's why CLASH calls Lead a generational mission. 

sidebar 2: Wanna know more about lead pipes--see attached.

sidebar 1: Instead of waiting for sick babies to show up at the MD, here's a "go out and look for it" approach! 

sidebar 2: Are you listening Cuyahoga County Board of Health and Cleveland Department of Public Health?

Nov. 02, 2023, Cleveland.com. When it comes to making Cleveland lead-safe, our children can’t wait. "Cleveland Lead Advocates for Safe Housing (CLASH) would like to thank The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com editorial board for calling for radical action to save Cleveland’s Lead Safe Certificate Program (”Cleveland’s faltering lead-safe effort needs a recharge - and radical rethinking,” Nov. 1). CLASH has argued for four years that enforcement is the pathway to voluntary compliance."

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October 2023

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Oct 02, 2023. WEWS. CLE Lead Safe compliance slowing according to Case Western study "Erika Jarvis of Cleveland, who was lead poisoned at the age of four, reacted to the latest Case Western Reserve University report showing the city lead safe program may be stalling. The report shows lead safe applications among Cleveland landlords declined 24% in the second quarter of 2023 to just 490, a trend showing applications down 1000 per quarter since 2022. The study showed application denials are up 53% in the last quarter of 2023 and lead safe renewal by landlords after two years is just 20 to 30%. Jarvis told News 5 she believes the Cleveland Lead Safe Coalition needs to do more to reach out to non-compliant rental property owners in various ways." 

Two opinion pieces that deserve attention. 

September 2023

Approaching zero. A new goal that's between lead safe and lead free.

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