- Associated Press - Saturday, August 20, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Lead concerns at Portland Public Schools have officials warning against eating produce from campus gardens.

KGW-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2bqKjML) an email sent Friday to families and staff said the district met with the Oregon Health Authority and received a recommendation against consuming the food.

Health officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Water tests show elevated lead levels at 99 percent of Portland public schools.

District spokeswoman Courtney Westling said the produce may have been grown with water containing elevated lead levels and is potentially unsafe.

Almost 2,000 screenings of students and staff at Portland schools found 15 cases of lead above the action level set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Information from: KGW-TV, https://www.kgw.com/

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