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    Phl to ban entry of hazardous chemicals

    THE House Committee on Health on Tuesday approved the consolidation of seven similar bills proposing to regulate the importation, manufacture, sale and distribution of children's toys, school supplies, childcare articles and related products containing hazardous chemicals.
    Philippine Rep. Eufranio Eriguel of La Union Province and chairman of the panel directed the committee secretariat to consolidate the similar measures.
    "I am confident that Congress will pass the committee-approved consolidated bill to protect the children from hazardous chemicals found on these toys," Eriguel said.
    Eriguel said the inadequate labelling of these children's products and the inability of the consumers to tell whether a particular toy or child article contains toxic and hazardous substances poses a danger to the children.
    He said exposure can cause adverse health effects ranging from asthma and allergy symptoms, acute poisoning, neurological disorders, hyperactivity, deficits in fine motor function, lowered intelligence performance, kidney and skin problems and even cancer among others.
    The bill identified the dangerous chemicals and substances as Antimony, Arsenic, Cadmium, Chromium, Lead, and Mercury; Phthalates, including Di (2-Ethlyhexyl) Phthalate (Dehp), Dibutyl Phthalate (Dbp), Benzyl Butyl Phthalate (Bbp), Diisononyl Phthalate (Dinp), Diisodecyl Phthalate (Didp), and Di-N-Octyl Phthalate (Dnop); and Bisphenol-A (Bpa).
    Under the bill, importers, manufacturers, distributors and sellers are mandated to comply with the standards, rules and processes of the Bureau of Product Standards of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and collaborate with other relevant government agencies to harmonize/upgrade existing standards.
    The measure requires the creation of the Children's Product Safety Council (CPSC) to be compose by the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Finance (DOF), FDA, National Consumer Affairs Council (NCAC), as well as representatives from government and non-government organizations engaged in consumer rights and environmental protection as members.

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