(Las Vegas, NV) UNLV researchers have found that several hot sauce brands sold in the U.S. contain dangerous levels of lead.
In what the university describes as a first-of-its-kind study, researchers examined 25 bottles of hot sauce imported from Mexico and South America and purchased from local ethnic markets, grocery stores, and a swap meet.
They found that four of the bottles, or 16 percent, exceeded Food and Drug Administration standard for safe levels of lead.
The brands that exceeded the safe lead levels are:
Salsa Picante de Chile Habanero, El Pato Salsa Picante hot sauce, Salsa Chamoy el Chamuqulin and B’ufalo Salsa Clasica.
Lead poisoning can affect every organ in the body and can cause learning disabilities and behavioral problems in young children.
“If I have to tell parents one thing, it is to get their kids tested. You can get a blood test at your local doctor or nurses’s office or at the Southern Nevada Health District,” says UNLV’s Shawn Gerstenberger.
Gerstenberger says his results point to the need for better screening of products imported from Mexico.