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Group warns hazards
in Halloween items

MANILA A non-profit health and safety advocacy group has cautioned the public against potential hazards in some Halloween items as kids and adults get ready for spooky fun.

As part of its toy safety campaign, the EcoWaste Coalition warned consumers yesterday that some popular play things may pose chemical, choking, fire and laceration hazards that can spoil the Halloween fun.

It said creepy insect toys may be coated with lead-containing paint and pose chemical risk to young users. Some Halloween costume accessories also contain small parts that kids may ingest and cause choking and suffocation.

Witch hats and horrific masks with hair are a fire risk because of their high flammability. Toy axes, knives and swords can have sharp edges that can damage or injure a child's sensitive skin, it added.

The group also expressed concern about fake blood as the liquid may contain harmful bacteria or substances, may burn the skin, and may be mistaken as foodstuff.

It likewise conveyed its concern over the sale of unregistered face paints in the market, which may be contaminated with lead, cadmium and other chemicals of concern.

As per Republic Act 3720 or the Food, Drugs and Devices and Cosmetics Act, as amended by RA 9711 or the Food and Drugs Administration Act, companies intending to manufacture, import, export, distribute, sell, offer for sale, transfer, promote, and advertise TCCA products must apply and secure from the FDA an LTO and TCCA product notifications.*PNA


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