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February 12, 2012

Toying with safety

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 1:46 pm

Why heavy metals are bad for your kids. The Beijinger Monthly Magazine, February 2012

Robin Guo is appalled to hear that her child’s playthings may be poisonous.

The mother of three year old Colleen is one of countless Chinese parents stunned by a new study that found dangerous levels of heavy metals in nearly 10 per cent of the country’s child products.

“It’s so frustrating as a parent when you know you cannot at least provide your child a safe space,” Guo says of the dismal findings researched and published by eco-NGO Greenpeace in late November. “It’s not the first time I’ve heard of lead in toys or something, but this might be the first time I knew about it in such detail.”

Those meticulous details, compiled in conjunction with American NGO IPEN, zeroed in on 500 children’s products like toys, fake jewellery, book bags, and pencil cases containing toxic levels of heavy metals like lead, mercury and arsenic. The items were purchased randomly at a variety of outlets in five major Chinese cities, including Beijing. Wu Yixiu, a Greenpeace China toxins prevention campaigner, said children like Colleen are so vulnerable they can literally taste it.




http://issuu.com/thebeijinger/docs/the_beijinger_2012_february#download (Starting on Pg. 8)


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