ESDO releases new study on "Toxic Toys" in Bangladesh.
09 December 2013
Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) conducted a study on toxic levels in toys and public perception in Bangladesh from October 2012 until August 2013. During the study, toys were collected from different stores in Dhaka and sent to the Nepal Bureau of Standard and Metrology for analysis.
Levels of toxic metals in 97% of the toys tested were signficantly above the European Union and United States recommended ceiling for lead, cadmium, bromine and chromium.
The study also found a very low level of awareness of and understanding about toxics in toys among businesses and consumers in Bangladesh. Unfortunately, no regulations nor policies on toy safety are currently in place in Bangladesh.