EDITORIAL| Double check kiddie toys

WITH the entire country gripped by the Pacquiao and Mayweather’s fight of the century, boxing as sport is again at centerstage. The boxing craze has led people to the ring as a way to keep fit and work out. Children too are putting on their kiddie gloves.

This is where an environmental and health group raise their concern.

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The EcoWaste Coalition warns parents from buying kiddie boxing gloves which contains chemical plasticizers banned in toys.

Thony Dizon, Coordinator of the EcoWaste Coalition’s Project Protect, said “(While) boxing, a collision sport, is not recommended for children, some parents may find themselves buying gloves for their boys to have fun with as the clash between the two boxing giants nears.”

“Adding to the undeniable child safety issue, especially if played without adult supervision, is the presence of undisclosed hazardous substances in some boxing gloves,” he said.

EcoWaste has been monitoring hazardous substances in children’s toys since 2011 and said that some kiddie boxing gloves “violate the regulatory limits for phthalates, the toxic chemical plasticizers used to soften polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic. Phthalate exposure has been linked to genital abnormalities in boys such as deformed penises and undescended testicles, as well as to infertility and low sperm count later in life.”

The Department of Health banned phthalates BBP, DBP and DEHP in excess of 0.1% by weight in children’s toys, while phthalates DIDP, DINP and DnOP above 0.1% are banned in children’s toys that could be placed in the mouth, to prevent exposure to these toxic chemicals.

Paretns need to scrutinize the toys they give their children to prevent accidents and illness. One can never be too cautious especially when the health of our children is concerned.

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