Public warned about dyes laden with toxic chemicals – Manila Bulletin

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Parents, teachers and pupils have been warned by a toxic substances watchdog of the dangers of using creative coloring materials loaded with toxic chemicals as activities in schools resume with the resumption of classes in nobody.

(Photo courtesy of the EcoWaste Coalition)

In a Friday, August 26 statement, the EcoWaste Coalition issued a warning about toxic art materials after it was able to purchase crayon and watercolor sets that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had previously confirmed contained. heavy metals.

On August 20, the group said it purchased MPC Classique watercolors and FDA-warned Fairyland crayons for 336 pesos per dozen (or 28 pesos each) and 180 pesos per dozen (or 15 pesos each) from school supply vendors. in Binondo, Manila.

“Crayons and watercolors are generally used by children 12 years old or younger. It is very important that these familiar art materials are safe from lead and other dangerous chemicals,” said Aileen Lucero, EcoWaste Coordinator.

As it is not uncommon for children to put objects in their mouths, she said the government must ensure that school supplies are non-toxic.

The FDA had issued Notice 2017-272 to warn the public against buying or using the aforementioned watercolor set, which contained lead above the maximum allowable limit of 90 parts per million (ppm).

According to FDA Notice 2018-008, consumers should avoid purchasing and using the aforementioned pencils and two other school supplies because they “have been verified to contain unacceptable levels of heavy metals, including lead. , cadmium and mercury, based on FDA safety standards.”

According to Advisory 2018-008, exposure to lead in children can cause neurological damage, delayed mental and physical development, attention and learning disorders, impaired cognitive functions of the brain and hearing problems.

Long-term exposure to cadmium through inhalation can cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, and chronic kidney disease, while exposure to mercury, even in small amounts, can cause serious health problems and endanger child development in utero and early in life, he added.

In addition to MPC Classique watercolors and Fairyland crayons, the EcoWaste Coalition has warned consumers to avoid other FDA-warned art materials that may still be on store shelves, such as Artex fine watercolors, Xiao Yiren watercolors, Ultra Colors pencils, Leeho pencils, and Leeho pencils.

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