Possible lead chips in greenhouse soil

Asked July 18, 2019, 5:33 PM EDT

I’ve just found out that our greenhouse windows had lead paint (we are now in process of safely removing!). Some paint chips likely flaked into the soil of my plant starts this spring. Should I have any concerns in eating the produce (tomatoes, peppers, melons, beans, squash) of these plants?

Lane County Oregon food safety lead

1 Response

It is probably not a big risk since the plants were small and I assume you put them in the garden in different soil. I would suggest not using the greenhouse soil for other plants and that you wash your produce well before eating. It would be a very slow abortion into the plant.

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Nellie Oehler