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Philippines bans lead after years-long campaign

Published on Jan 10, 2014 6:11 PM

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines has banned the use of lead in a wide range of consumer products including toys and cosmetics, the government said on Friday, after years of vocal campaigning by environmentalists.

"The chemical control order... (has) the intention of reducing unreasonable risks and injuries to people as a result of their exposure to the chemical as well as its negative impact on the environment," Environment Secretary Ramon Paje announced.

The ban covers a wide range of consumer products from toys and cosmetics to water pipes, school supplies and food and drinks packaging, he said in a statement.

Executives of import, manufacturing, distribution or recycling firms that violate the order face imprisonment of up to six months under the country's toxic substances law, the ministry said.

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