Three in CT get lead poisoning from ceramic pot sold at CTown Supermarkets

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Two children from separate families and a parent have gotten lead poisoning from ceramicware pots sold at supermarkets in several Connecticut communities, according to the state health department.

The ceramicware that tested positive for lead is sold at CTown Supermarkets in the state, as well as other small neighborhood stores, the Connecticut Department of Public Health said in a June 4 letter to health directors.

There are CTowns in Danbury, Stratford, Meriden, New Haven, South Norwalk, Hartford, East Hartford and New Britain, according to the state.

Health directors were told to visit the CTowns in their communities, as well as small stores that may sell similar products. If the pots are sold, they should be held in a segregated area until proper labeling is added, the state said.

“The ceramicware products are not intended to be used for food contact and cooking and are only to be used for decorative purposes,” the state said. “If the ceramicware products are available for sale, the products must be labeled as, ‘containing lead and are only for decorative use.’”

The health department and Department of Consumer Protection will follow up next week with information about an embargo or recall, which may involve federal agencies, the state said.