On World Bike Day, FDA urged to stop online sales of children’s bikes with lead paint

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A child who rides a bicycle. (Image by Jason Goh from Pixabay)

As the global community celebrates World Cycling Day, a toxic substances watch group urged the government health regulatory agency to stop the online sale of children’s bicycles that contain lead paint that may pose a serious health risk.

Eco-Waste Coalition On Tuesday, he revealed that he had conducted an investigation into the risks of lead paint on bicycles marketed to young children aged 1 and a half to 6 years old and found that the chemical exceeded the regulatory limit imposed by the government.

The group bought seven brightly colored bikes for children costing P 540-2300 each from every bike shop in Quiapo, Manila and from online dealers. He then examined them for lead containment and then sent the results to a private lab for confirmatory testing.

Two of the samples were found to contain lead paint that exceeded the regulatory limit of 90 parts per million (ppm), as stated in the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources‘Administrative order 2013-24.

Bikes purchased from Quiapo did not test positive for lead, but those purchased online were coated in lead paint.

Tests conducted by the Philippine Institute of Pure and Applied Chemistry revealed that Shopee’s “Good Boy / Good Girl Bicycle” and Lazada’s “FANHX Bicycle” contained 6,850 ppm and 6,950 ppm lead, respectively.

Both carried the “Made in China” label on the packaging, according to the coalition.

He said he had already notified local authorities Food and drug administration, the regulatory agency in charge of toys and childcare articles, the investigation and its conclusions.

The group also called on the agency to stop the online sale of lead paint-stained bicycles to prevent unhealthy exposure to the extremely toxic chemical.

“Given the limited number of samples we can purchase and have lead paint analysis done, we urge the FDA to do a larger sample of children’s bikes sold offline and online,” he said. he said in a statement.

“Our children deserve nothing less than lead-free and non-hazardous toys,” he added.

The World Health Organization warned that young children are vulnerable to the toxic effects of lead and that they can experience permanent adverse health effects, particularly with regard to brain and nervous system development.

“Young children are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning because they absorb 4 to 5 times more lead ingested than adults from any given source,” the UN agency said.

“Exposure to lead can have serious health consequences for children. At high levels of exposure, lead attacks the brain and central nervous system and causes coma, seizures and even death. Children who survive severe lead poisoning can end up with mental retardation and behavioral problems, ”he added.

The WHO has warned that exposure to the chemical can also lead to anemia, hypertension, kidney failure, immunotoxicity and toxicity to reproductive organs, among others.

EcoWaste Coalition chemical safety activist Thony dizon said that although cycling is a “fun and healthy exercise” for children, they can be exposed to the toxic chemical “if they pick up and eat chipped paint chips from a lead coated bicycle or ingest or breathe in lead dust “.

“Dust and lead contaminated soil that gets into children’s hands and mouths is the main route through which lead in paint contributes to their exposure to this chemical poison early in life,” the scientist said. in environmental health Dr. Geminn Louis Apostol, assistant professor at the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, added.

“Although the primary target is the brain and central nervous system, exposure to lead can damage other vital organs as well. There is no level of exposure to lead that is considered safe and without harmful effects on health, ”he added.

Benefits of using bicycles

The The United Nations declared June 3, World Bicycle Day, to draw attention to the benefits of using the vehicle without a motor, such as its affordability and environmental friendliness.

“Cycling contributes to cleaner air and less congestion and makes education, health care and other social services more accessible to the most vulnerable populations,” he said.

“For the poorest urban sector, which often cannot afford to buy private vehicles, walking and cycling can be a means of transport while reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, diabetes and even death. As a result, improved active transport is not only healthy; it is also fair and profitable, ”the agency added.

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