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A Toxics-Free Future


Toxic Metals

Jul 25, 2018-Children’s toys that are sold in the country contain high level of toxic heavy metals and other harmful chemicals, a recent study has revealed.

Press Release: EcoWaste Coalition, a non-profit watch group tracking toxic chemicals in products and wastes, lauded fast food giant McDonald’s Philippines for voluntarily recalling promotional back packs, sling bags and bag tags that contain lead, a hazardous substance.

The voluntary recall will be conducted starting today August 26 until October 24, 2016 by suppliers MZM Souvenirs and F Colors with McDonald’s full support and cooperation as announced by Golden Arches Development Corp., the master franchise holder of McDonald’s restaurants in the Philippines.   

The recall was the outcome of the EcoWaste Coalition’s chemical investigation showing lead in the accessible substrate material of the black back pack as it reported to McDonald’s Philippines and US last August 8.

In October, 2013, IPEN adopted its "Minamata Declaration on Toxic Metals." Along with IPEN's "Stockholm Declaration," which was developed in relation to IPEN's work on the Stockholm Convention on POPs, and its "Dubai Declaration for a Toxics-Free Future," which was developed in relation to IPEN's work on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), IPEN's "Minamata Declaration on Toxic Metals" was spurred on by IPEN's f