Consumers warned vs toxic toys this Christmas
MANILA -- Waste and pollution watchdog EcoWaste Coalition warned consumers against hazardous substances found in toys and other children's products a few months before the Christmas season.
Thony Dizon, coordinator of Project Protect, urged consumers to be very vigilant this Yuletide season as the group uncovered alarming levels of arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead and mercury in 94 out of 200 toys and children's products they have sampled from several stores in Manila.
Among those with the highest levels of harmful chemicals were children's chair, doll, mug, toy gloves and toy animal.
"Ang mga chemicals na ito ay peligroso sa mga bata. Pangunahin ang lead na tinatawag na isang neurotoxin kung saan tinatarget nito ang utak," said Dizon, adding that this metal can cause permanent mental and developmental damage to the child aside from harming almost every organ in the body.
The group urged toy manufacturers to shift to cleaner production and drop the use of toxic chemicals.
They also asked the government to come up with the implementing rules and regulations for Republic Act 10620 or the Toy and Game Safety Labelling Act of 2013, which mandates manufacturers to disclose completely the ingredients of their products as well as complete information on the manufacturer.