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Lead Poisoning in Gurkha Soldiers in Hong Kong

Br Med J 1969; 3 doi: (Published 09 August 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;3:336
  1. J. G. P. Power,
  2. R. M. Barnes,
  3. W. N. C. Nash,
  4. J. D. Robinson


    Investigation of an outbreak of lead-poisoning in 121 Gurkha soldiers showed that this was due to the contamination of chilli powder (cayenne pepper), a constituent of curry powder, with lead chromate. Comprehensive systems of food sampling are needed in developing communities.