Sunday, December 5, 2010

Customs warned on entry of toxic toys

An environment group pressed the Bureau of Customs to carefully inspect holiday toys and goods shipped from China to ensure that these are not made of toxic materials.

In a statement, Ecowaste Coalition said the bureau should publish the brand names, photos, and other product specifications of toys that it had rejected due to high levels of lead and other harmful chemicals as a matter of public health safety.

With the holiday season, the organization also urged the agency to inspect imported fruits and other food stuffs to ensure that they do not contain pesticide residues and other contaminants.

“We support the more careful inspection of these Christmas shipments to ensure that dangerous goods such as toxic toys, substandard lights, and perilous firecrackers are not put up for sale in the local market,” said Roy Alvarez, coalition president.


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