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Metal cookware ‘Dades3n’ shown to cause lead poisoning, low IQ


Concerning amounts of lead contamination have been found in the well-known metal cookware brand Dades3n, according to a recent investigation on over 200 consumer goods and food samples from four areas of Ghana.

Alarming lead levels have been found in consumer items and food manufactured in low- and middle-income nations, including Ghana, according to the biggest screening study of its type, the Global Rapid Market screening research.


According to a research done by the environmental NGO Pure Earth’s Blacksmith Initiative, the following materials contain significant amounts of lead contamination: Lead is present in 55% of metal cookware (Dades3n), 18% of ceramic cookware, 14% of children’s toys, and 7% of cosmetics (local mascara).

According to a research recently released by the World Bank, exceptionally high levels of lead exposure result in a decline in IQ.

“Children under 5-years old worldwide lost 765 million IQ points, those living in low and middle income countries lost 729 million IQ points.”

“There is an average loss of 5.9 IQ points per child and this IQ points loss is 80% greater than the previous estimate,” the report stated.

Esmond Wisdom Quansah, country director for Pure Earth, reaffirmed that eating from these metallic cookwares puts people at a greater risk of lead poisoning.

He claims that the experiment was carried out six times with the same outcomes, thus the institution wants to raise public awareness so that different options may be considered to prevent additional harm.

“What this points to is that we are not safe, if you happen to be eating from any of these metallic or ‘dades3n’ cookware we are at risk of lead poisoning.”

“We’ve grown a step further, our scientist have conducted what we call the leach test to determine the percentage of leach of this lead concentration in this metallic or aluminum cooking pot into the food and we were surprised by the findings of the scientists.”

“55% of the lead in this metallic cook wares actually leaked into the food, the experiment was conducted six times and the results came the same, so that is a cause for concern for everyone and that is why we are putting this information in the public,” he explained.







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