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WIC’s Role in Screening for Childhood Lead Poisoning

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WIC 1993-3a
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DATE:March 23, 1993
MEMO CODE:Revised/Reissued Policy Memorandum. 93-3A
SUBJECT:WIC's Role in Screening for Childhood Lead Poisoning
TO:Regional Directors
Supplemental Food Programs
All Regions

Attached is the subject revised policy memorandum. As we advised in our recent cc mail message to you and March 3 conference call, the revision consists of the deletion of the Maryland and New Jersey nutrition pamphlets (formerly Exhibits 1, 2 and 3 to Attachment 1) . These pamphlets recommend reducing fat in the diet to fight lead poisoning. However, the Nutrition and Technical Services Division advising that recent conversations with experts on lead poisoning prevention indicate that information on dietary fat restriction for lead poisoning prevention is baaed on limited scientific data. The revision also includes some additional materials pertaining to lead ingestion from water (new Exhibits 3 and 4).

Please ensure that your WIC state directors receive this revised policy memorandum. We appreciate your assistance on this matter.

We are also providing a list of state lead contacts which the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control recently sent to us. This information should be helpful to your WIC state directors in setting up referral systems.

Supplemental Food Programs Division


Page updated: June 17, 2024

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.