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September 22, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(12):1034-1036. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650120066022

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Use of White Lead Paints  The international conference of labor, held at Geneva in 1921, adopted the draft for an international agreement concerning the use of white lead paints. Up to the present time, this draft agreement has not been ratified by the French parliament. M. Frois has recently presented to the Société de médecine publique a communication on the subject, from which it appears that, from certain points of view, the measures adopted by France are more efficacious than those proposed by the above mentioned draft agreement. This is true both as regards the prohibited products and the supervised trades.In France, white lead, lead-containing linseed oil, and all specialties containing white lead, are prohibited. The Geneva draft agreement would prohibit white lead and lead sulphate but tolerates the use of white pigments containing a maximum of 2 per cent, of metallic lead. The prohibition in France includes all

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