Toxic Halloween items still being sold, group warns

A TOXICS watchdog group reported Sunday the continued presence of toxic-contaminated Halloween-themed displays and products that could pose health hazards, especially to children.

According to EcoWaste Coalition, they continue to find Halloween items being sold in the market despite the relentless campaign against them.

"We remain apprehensive over the continued sale of items with undisclosed toxic ingredients that can get on children's hands or end up in their mouths," said EcoWaste in a statement.

The group disclosed how they were able to purchase 20 Halloween-themed items and found them to be containing at least one toxic metal above regulatory limits, such as, the 90 parts per million (ppm) limit for lead.

"Halloween" items include "horror spider," green pumpkin pail, keychain with Halloween witch on a broom stick design, inflatable toy with scary ghost design, and a sound bag with red pumpkin and skull design.

EcoWaste Coalition coordinator Thony Dizon said these items are being sold from various retail outlets in the cities of Manila and Quezon from P20 to P200 each.

"Toxic metals are known to cause harm to adults and kids alike. But children are more vulnerable to harm from these substances," said Dizon.

When inhaled or absorbed by the skin, lead can cause mental retardation, learning difficulties, lower intelligence quotient scores, growth delays, and behavioral problems, as well as anemia, hearing loss, and kidney injury. (HDT/Sunnex)


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