Some pet toys found to contain high levels of toxic chemicals by Ecowaste

Toxic chemical watchdog Ecowaste Coalition has discovered dangerous levels of phthalates in plastic toys designed for pet animals. The group found these harmful toys in various stores across Metro Manila, where they exceeded the safe regulatory limit of 1,000 parts per million.

Phthalates are known to cause health problems in both humans and animals. Ecowaste Coalition identified specific toys with alarming levels of phthalates, including a squeaky burger toy with 142,000 ppm of DBP and 35,800 ppm of DBP. Additionally, a squeaky dog toy contained 372,000 ppm of DEHP, a substance classified as a probable human carcinogen. The group also highlighted that the packaging of these tested toys lacked essential information such as the manufacturer’s name, country of origin, and usage instructions.

Studies have associated phthalates with various health issues like diabetes, obesity, asthma, heart disease, low IQ, reproductive disorders, breast cancer, ADHD, and behavioral problems. In response to these findings, Ecowaste Coalition National Coordinator Aileen Lucero urged pet owners to carefully inspect the toys they purchase for their pets, especially those that children might also play with.

The revelations from Ecowaste Coalition serve as a warning for consumers to be vigilant about the quality and safety of products, including those intended for pets. Pet toys should be free from hazardous substances like phthalates and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals, as emphasized by Lucero.

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