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NEW ORLEANS -- "Made in NOLA" -- that's where health and environmental experts want Mardi Gras throws to come from.
They say beads from China are made from toxic waste the U.S. ships off, and they're concerned it ends up in our bodies, landfills and water supply. After the parade is over, doctors say the health hazard is just beginning.
"There isn't a system in the body that isn't affected by lead," said Dr. Howard Mielke, a Tulane toxicologist who has been studying lead levels in the city for many years.
The environmental group the Louisiana Bucket Brigade is so concerned it sells Zombeads. Those are throws locally made from Crowley rice, NOLA wood shutters, coffee burlap voodoo dolls and ceramic doubloons.
The beads are handcrafted of hardened paper, supplying jobs in Africa.