Source:: Times Now, New Delhi, Oct 30, 2017
New Delhi: A study revealed that more than 73 percent of household decorative paints, collected from several regions across the national capital, have excessive levels of lead, triggering health concerns among public, especially in children.
The findings revealed by Toxic Links -- a Delhi-based NGO in association with International POPS Elimination Network (IPEN) -- are alarming as lead exposure can have serious consequences for the health of children. Exposure to lead is known to harm a child's brain development and cause behavioral change in kids. Read: Lead exposure and your health - What you need to know
As per a report in ToI, the study also found that most of the violations were in the paints produced by small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs).
Out of 15 paints collected from 13 different brands for the study, 11 were found to have exceedingly high lead levels. The can labels of these 11 paints also did not have any consumer information about lead content.
It may be noted that the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has set the mandatory lead limits of 90ppm in household paints which will come into effect next month. However, six of the paint samples were found to contain unusually high lead concentrations - above 10,000ppm. The highest lead concentration detected was a staggering 74,200ppm in a yellow paint sold in Delhi, the report added.
Exposure to high levels of lead can be fatal, but children are more at risk because they absorb 4-5 times as much ingested lead as adults from a given source. At high levels of exposure, lead attacks the brain and central nervous system, which causes coma, convulsions and even death.