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  • Baguio City Bans Sale Of These Baby Wipes Because Of Harmful Chemicals

    These chemicals can trigger skin allergies and cause contact dermatitis.
    by Kate Borbon .
Baguio City Bans Sale Of These Baby Wipes Because Of Harmful Chemicals
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  • The local government of Baguio City has banned the city-wide sale of wet wipes and similar products that contain chemicals that can trigger skin allergies and cause contact dermatitis in babies and toddlers.

    The non-profit environmental group EcoWaste Coalition previousy gave a warning about these wet wipes because of the presence of harmful chemical compounds. The group pointed out that cheap pre-moistened wet wipes could contain methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone (MCI/MIT), and iodopropynyl butylcarbamate (IPBC).

    The brands mentioned by the group are: 

    • Dong Bang
    • Dong Bang Yao Baby Tender
    • Family Treasure Baby Tender
    • Sky Fire Baby Tender
    • Giggley Baby Wipes
    • Super Soft Skin Care Wet Towels

    Vice Mayor Faustino Olawan authored an ordinance prohibiting the sale of these products throughout the city of Baguio, citing the EcoWaste Coalition’s warning. This ordinance was approved on its third and final reading and signed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong on January 28, 2020.

    ABS-CBN News reports the ordinance states, “Some of these baby wipes/products were found to be sold at the city’s grocery stores, black market, supermarkets, and convenience stores; and the continued sale of these products supposedly for hygiene is disturbing.”

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    Business establishments that violate the ordinance will be fined with P1,000 for the first offense (immediate closure of the business for those without business permits), P3,000 for the second offense (closure of the business for those without business permits until compliance), and P5,000 and non-renewal of the business permit for the third offense.

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    Meanwhile, individuals or business establishments that voluntarily surrender banned products will not be penalized.

    The ordinance has also authorized the City Health Services Office, in coordination with the Public Order and Safety Division of the City Mayor’s Office, the City Police Office, and barangay officials to inspect retail outlets and confiscate harmful or banned products, the Manila Bulletin reports.

    The City Health Services Office, in coordination with the Food and Drug Administration, and the City Environment and Parks Management Office will work together to determine how to dispose of the surrendered products in an appropriate and environmentally-friendly manner.

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    In a statement on its official Facebook page, the EcoWaste Coalition applauded the Baguio City government for implementing the ordinance and encouraged other local government units to follow the city’s example.

    “We congratulate the Baguio City Government for enacting this ordinance that will protect consumers, especially newborns, infants, and toddlers, from certain substances in wet wipes that can provoke contact dermatitis,” said Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner of the EcoWaste Coalition.

    Dizon added, “The baby’s delicate skin is most vulnerable to irritation and allergic reactions, so we consider the adoption of this ordinance as a baby-friendly act worthy of being replicated by other local government units.”

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