MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minneapolis is doing free testing and screening on children and toys in order to cut down on lead poisoning.
Nearly 80 kids in Minneapolis tested positive for lead poisoning in 2010.
The city said it has a lot of older homes that still have lead paint, and that’s what is causing the issue.
The city wanted to do something to cut down the cases, so they started a free program where kids and their toys can get tested for lead.
“A lot of toys have come in that we were surprised about. We had a dog toy that came back with lead in it,” said Andi Thone from the Sustainable Resources Center.
A testing event was put on at the West Broadway Farmers Market on Sunday, but there are many more upcoming free testing events. One takes place on Oct. 27 in the Longfellow neighborhood and another on Oct. 28 in Downtown Minneapolis.