Toxic Children’s Chairs Sold in Divisoria!
They come in different characters which are popular with kids. But environmental health groupEcoWaste Coalition warns some chairs designed for kids could cause them harm.
Ecowaste tested some samples of these chairs sold in Divisoria and Manila and found 7 out of 9 samples to contain dangerous amounts of lead. These chairs are usually sold for P120 to P160 each.
These lead-tainted chairs are a chemical threat to our children’s developing brains and should not be manufactured and traded at all,” declared Thony Dizon, Coordinator of the EcoWaste Coalition’s Project Protect. “We have forwarded the laboratory results to both the Department of Health and the Department of Trade and Industry so a formal process of product recall can be initiated at once.”
Experts warn that surfaces coated with lead paint will, over time, age, wear out, flake and gather in the indoor dust and outside soils, which are then swallowed by children through their usual hand to mouth behavior.
Quoting the World Health Organization’s study on “Childhood Lead Poisoning,” paediatrician Dr. Bessie Antonio of the Philippine Society of Clinical and Occupational Toxicology warns that “the consequences of brain injury from exposure to lead in early life are loss of intelligence, shortening of attention span and disruption of behaviour.”