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IPEN

A Toxics-Free Future

Lead in Enamel Decorative Paints

This study from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and IPEN finds that the majority of paints tested in nine, geographically diverse, developing and transition countries would not met regulatory standards established in most highly industrialized countries and, in some cases, contain astonishingly high and dangerous levels of lead. Data from seven Asian countries reveals similar results, but also show that paint companies with the largest market share in those countries have largely shifted to unleaded products in recent years.

An Executive Summary of the Report (in all six UN languages) is also available.

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