Girl, 14, honored for science project


A 14-year-old Pikesville girl whose award-winning science project prompted a federal investigation into lead-lined food cans was honored for her efforts this week by the federal Food and Drug Administration.

Ilana Edelman discovered in December that lead-sealed cans were still on shelves in stores that cater to Russian immigrants, despite a 1995 federal ban imposed because of lead's wide-ranging health effects.

Her findings prompted an FDA investigation that determined that 13 foreign manufacturers were using lead-lined cans in goods sold in Maryland and nearby states. The FDA issued a nationwide alert this year to U.S. Customs inspectors and other port officials to block importation.

Edelman, whose project won the middle school biology division in this year's Baltimore Science Fair, received an FDA T-shirt, lanyard and citation in ceremonies Thursday at its offices in Baltimore.

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