12 Jan Toxic metals found in a third of Chinese toys
A recent investigation by Greenpeace and the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) found up to one third of children’s products sold in China contained heavy metals in their paints including lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, antimony or chromium. These metals cause learning and behaviourhal problems in children. China currently produces two thirds of the world’s toys. Despite strict regulations to ban these metals, most western countries don’t have the resources to screen every shipping container relying instead on product recalls (of which there have been many!). For more information click here.