Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply: Ms McDermott and the NCA suggest
that consumers identify lead wicks by rubbing the wick on white paper. This
is impractical if, as was the case in our survey, the candles are sealed in
plastic. Moreover, we performed this unvalidated test on the 9 candles with
lead wicks in our study, and 6 failed to produce the pencil-like mark.
The NCA's suggestion that most candles made in the United States are
lead-free is irrelevant to consumers who do not know to check for country
of origin. However, even this would not suffice; in our study, 1 of the 9
candles with a lead-containing wick was made by a US company.
Sobel HL, Lurie P, Wolfe SM. Lead in Candle Wicks—Reply. JAMA. 2000;284(17):2189-2190. doi:10.1001/jama.284.17.2184