Persistent Poison: Lead and the Bay Area Housing Crisis

By Angela Johnston & Marissa Ortega-Welch, KALW/Crosscurrents

We meet Souleika Dirieh and Tarek Cherif at the hummus factory they own in San Leandro. Their 3-year-old daughter Kawkeb loves playing outdoors. When we visit, she runs between empty food crates, deep in a game of hide-and-go-seek with her mom.

Inside the factory, the Cherifs and their employees make dozens of different types of hummus. Piles of ripped pita bread sizzle in the deep fryer before being sprinkled with spices, then packaged and shipped off to farmers markets around the Bay Area.

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