More than three-quarters of the paints analyzed contained lead levels above 90 parts per million (ppm) and would not be permitted for sale in most industrialized countries.
At least a quarter of all paints from all countries contained extremely dangerous levels of lead above 10,000 ppm.
Overall, brightly colored paints (red, yellow) contained the highest lead levels.
Major paint brands that contained high levels of lead in previously conducted studies in these same countries now have levels below 90 ppm.
Paints with low levels of lead were available in all markets at prices comparable to the leaded products, suggesting that the technology exists to produce cost effective, lead-safe products.
None of the paint cans containing lead stated this on the label or explained the hazards associated with lead.