Abstract Fruit, vegetables and other crops grown in areas of heavy traffic were sampled and analysed for lead. The maximum lead content in washed vegetables was found in lettuce which contained about 0.5 mg/Kg (fresh weight). The low lead contents of the crops are partially due to the low lead contents of the soils on which they are grown. These in turn are a reflection of the lack of organic matter and clays in the soils. There appears to be no undue danger to health from eating crops tested.