Source:: The Times of India, New Delhi, Oct 30, 2017
New Delhi: More than 73% of household decorative paints, collected from several regions across the capital, were found containing exceedingly high levels of lead content in a recent study conducted by Toxic Links — a Delhi-based NGO in association with International POPS Elimination Network (IPEN).
Findings are alarming as lead — exposure to which is known to harm a child's brain development and cause behavioral change in kids — at high levels of exposure can do irreversible damage to the brain and central nervous system. The study also found that most of the violations were in the paints produced by small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs).
Overall, 11 out of 15 paints from 13 different brands that were analysed, contained exceedingly high lead levels. The can labels of these 11 paints also did not have any consumer information about lead content.