AWHHE: "Safe Toys For Our Children"
The project “Toxic Metals in Children’s Products” took place in six countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia with the participation of IPEN, “Eco-Accord” NGO, Global Green Grants Foundation (GGF), and GRID - Arendal.
As part of the project, large-scale testing was conducted on six toxic elements (lead, mercury, cadmium, antimony, arsenic, chromium) in products for children purchased randomly in shops and markets of Moscow, Volgograd, Sochi, Kolomna, Minsk, Yerevan, Almaty, Bishkek and Kiev.
The results sparked concern. Out of 569 products, 164 samples (29%) contained at least one toxic metal of the six identified, with lead as the most common problem. Most of the toys containing toxic metals were manufactured in China.
The results were discussed in December 2012 at a conference organised by AWHHE “Heavy metals in child toys; National and regional policy issues on chemical security in products designed for children”.
Originally posted on 7 February 2013