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  • Toys in Manila Found with Toxic Substances

    A recent study reveals the shocking amount of toxic substances in children’s toys available in Manila.
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    The study looked at 200 children’s products in Manila for toxicity, using a handheld X-ray fluorescence analyzer (XRF) and showed that 30 percent of these had at least one of the abovementioned chemicals in them.

    37 (19 percent) among these 200 products had lead above the U.S. regulatory limit, while 27 products (14 percent) had more than one chemical. What’s even more alarming is that the study also discovered toy cosmetics with 400 to 500 percent more than the Philippines’ regulatory limit for mercury.

    The said study indicates where the said toys were purchased, including Divisoria, Baclaran, ukay-ukay (secondhand thrift shops) as well as specific toy stores and bookstores around Manila. To view the complete list of locations as well as a detailed list of the individual products and their respective toxicity levels, visit ipen.org.

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    Given these findings, the public is urged to be more cautious about where they buy their children’s toys and check where these products are manufactured, as well as to read the product labels carefully. As a response to this study, a pro-environment group has sought the government’s action to create a law protecting children from these harmful chemicals.

    Photo by Jesse Gardner via flickr creative commons

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