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Lead Paint

While the world is celebrating the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, the European Commission (EC) is being challenged on its recent decision to authorize Dominion Colour Corporation to supply red and yellow lead chromate pigments for use in the EU in so-called industrial paint.

Lead chromates are composed of lead, a neurotoxin which harms the nervous system, and chromium, a carcinogen causing lung tumours. Children are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure and the health effects are generally irreversible and have a lifelong impact. Lead chromates are also extremely toxic to aquatic life. The use of these toxic paint components has been abandoned for decades in many EU countries and many paint companies have publicly stated that safer alternatives do exist and that they have been using them for years.  

By Ramani

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urged the Malaysian government to take immediate steps to eliminate lead in paint.

According to CAP’s analysis on usage of lead in new enamel household paints in Malaysia found that more than 60 % of 39 paint samples tested contained exceedingly high lead levels.


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