DTI cautions consumers on toys with high levels of lead PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 12:55

The Department of Trade and Industry Zamboanga City Office (DTI-ZCO), through Food and Drug Administration Advisory No. 2014- 007, warns the public about toys with high levels of Lead (Pb).

The FDA explains that lead in toys is not easily absorbed through the skin, but paints containing lead which are rubbed from toys can be a source of lead dust that can be inhaled or ingested.

The FDA Central Laboratory in Alabang is the first government laboratory conducting physic-chemical tests and microbiological analysis that was granted an ISO:1705 Certificate by the DTI Philippine Accreditation Office (DTI-PAO). Majority of the FDA analysts are DTI- PAO approved chemical and microbiological signatories.

To assure the quality of toy products and ensure the children’s highest levei of protection, the FDA requires compliance with the Philippine National Standards (PNS) ISO:8124; Safety of Toys. These standards must be satisfied before any toy product can have market authorization. However, it is not intended to eliminate parental responsibility or supervision in the appropriate selection of toys.

The public is hereby encouraged to exercise their power of discernment before accepting laboratory data or information generated by non-accredited laboratories or unauthorized laboratory analysts. Validation may be requested from a third party laboratory or any DTI-PAO accredited laboratories.