The environmental group wants lead contaminated garden tools from Brazil to be removed from stores across the country. Photo by the EcoWaste Coalition

MANILA, Philippines – The EcoWaste Coalition on Friday called for the removal of painted garden tools that contained excessive lead from Brazil, as the paint can cause health risks to the public, especially children.

“The leaded paint in home gardening tools that we sent to the laboratory for analysis will certainly peel off over time with frequent use. This can cause the lead in the paint to get into the soil and children can be exposed to lead if the contaminated soil gets into their hands and mouth, ”said Thony Dizon, the environmental group’s chemical safety activist, in an explanation.

EcoWaste said it used to buy the garden tools from a hardware store chain and from an online seller.

The lead samples of the garden tools were screened and tested by the SGS Philippines, Inc. laboratory for confirmatory analysis.

Based on the laboratory results of the SGS, EcoWaste said that the lead content exceeded the “legal limit of 90 ppm (parts per million)”. It was quoted that a trowel contained 38,600 ppm lead, a weed hunter 36,300 ppm, a rake 34,700 ppm, a cultivator 33,800 ppm and a hand fork 32,300 ppm.

According to the environmental group, the excessive lead on the tools could be due to the “lax regulation of lead paints in Brazil”.

EcoWaste stated that the Brazilian Lead Paint Ordinance is less strict than the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Ordinance, the Chemical Control of Lead and Lead Compounds Ordinance, which sets a lead content limit of 90ppm and prohibits the use of lead in all categories of lead paints .

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