SOUVENIR PRODUCTS SEEN TO POSE HEALTH RISKS

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Souvenir products that local and foreign tourists get from gift stores are seen to pose certain health or safety risks. The EcoWaste Coalition, an environmental watchdog promoting zero waste and chemical safety, found out that 100 out of 127 popular souvenir items sold in the cities of Baguio, Cebu, Davao and Manila were laden with toxic chemicals, including lead, a developmental and reproductive toxin. “Lead in souvenir products, which can be traced from the use of lead-containing paint, represents a health hazard,” said Thony Dizon, Coordinator of the EcoWaste Coalition’s Project Protect. The group, thus, appealed to souvenir makers to switch to unleaded paint for creative crafts that tourists can safely bring home, as well as to properly label their products to help consumers make informed decisions. The group further urged the government to prohibit the use of lead and other toxic metals in souvenir products.

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