Toxics

Hazardous medical waste intercepted

Published by rudy Date posted on December 1, 2011

TARLAC, Philippines – Authorities intercepted 2 trucks carrying hazardous medical waste in Tarlac province on Thursday. The rotting garbage, composed of medical refuse, came from hospitals in Metro Manila.

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Green group issues warning on ‘toxic’ gifts

Published by rudy Date posted on November 22, 2011

This Christmas, make sure that the gift you give will not harm the receiver. The EcoWaste Coalition on Monday said that it had discovered that popular gift items usually given to children such as painted toys, glasses and mugs contain toxic chemicals that could damage the brain.

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Protect kids from lead poison in paint products, group asks Aquino government

Published by rudy Date posted on November 20, 2011

Civil society organizations urged the government to prioritize action that will protect children from being poisoned by lead, a neurotoxic chemical, in paint products.

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LPG taxis’ ‘ailing’ tales ‘anecdotal, unscientific’

Published by rudy Date posted on November 6, 2011

(Last of a series) Even the Rolls Royce of England’s Queen Elizabeth is fitted with an LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) conversion kit. Or so the LPG conversion industry leaders claim as they protest against what they say are the “unscientifically proven” claims of cab drivers and passengers concerning the allegedly harmful effects of LPG.

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Group warns vs ‘toxic Christmas shopping’

Published by rudy Date posted on September 28, 2011

AN environmental watchdog warned consumers to be diligent in shopping for holiday gifts to prevent children’s exposure to unsafe toys proliferating in the market.

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EcoWaste asks retailers to remove products with chemicals

Published by rudy Date posted on September 10, 2011

The EcoWaste Coalition, a toxic watchdog, yesterday asked top retailers to demonstrate their corporate social responsibility by removing children’s products that have been found to contain health damaging chemicals.

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Group seeks action after finding toxic chemicals in 124 children’s items

Published by rudy Date posted on September 9, 2011

Dangerous chemicals have been found in at least 124 children’s products such as toys, accessories, cosmetics and school supplies, an environmental group said. The EcoWaste Coalition said this amounts to 29 percent of the 435 children’s products the group included in its testing.

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DENR cracks down on businesses handling hazardous substances

Published by rudy Date posted on September 2, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is cracking down on businesses handling pollutive and hazardous substances without appropriate permits.

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FDA bans 23 more toxic beauty products

Published by rudy Date posted on August 5, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned yesterday 23 more cosmetic and skin whitening products on the market were found containing excessive levels of mercury, a toxic substance that can damage the body’s vital organs.

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And the top 10 poisons are .

Published by rudy Date posted on June 28, 2011

Fear not it’s National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW)! The mere mention of the word poison is enough to make us cringe. By poison, we mean a substance that can cause a disturbance to organisms, usually by chemical reaction, when a sufficient amount is ingested. Of course, there are the other potent things that can poison…

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Poison Prevention Week on Monday

Published by rudy Date posted on June 20, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Recognizing the urgent need to increase public awareness of the preventive aspects of poisoning at home, in school, and workplace, and the general environment, Presidential Proclamation No. 1777 of 2009 has designated the fourth week of June every year as National Poison Prevention Week.

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Arsenic in US chicken hits Pfizer

Published by rudy Date posted on June 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer will voluntarily suspend US sales of a poultry-pumping additive, which is also sold in several other countries including the Philippines, after studies showed that it can leave traces of arsenic in chicken livers, the US government said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

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Skin-whitener could kill, warn FDA authorities

Published by rudy Date posted on June 1, 2011

Illegal injections of a cancer-treating chemical pose a risk of death to legions of Filipinos who use them to try to whiten their skin, health authorities warned on Tuesday.

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Beware of toxic school supplies!

Published by rudy Date posted on May 31, 2011

With the opening of another school year a few days away (or ilang tulog na lang, kids!), a lot of savvy parents have probably done their yearly assignment  that is, the requisite school shopping. Through the years (or school year after school year), this shopping list of school essentials seems to grow longer and longer…

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FDA testing toys for hazardous substances

Published by rudy Date posted on May 28, 2011

Manila, Philippines – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) assured the public yesterday that it has been randomly collecting and testing school supplies and toys for hazardous substances.

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Fields of watermelon burst in China farm fiasco

Published by rudy Date posted on May 18, 2011

BEIJING—Watermelons have been bursting by the score in eastern China after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather, creating what state media called fields of “land mines.”

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Zeroing in on zero waste in schools

Published by rudy Date posted on May 10, 2011

Kids, are you ready to go back to school? I know, I know, you’re still on vacation — staying out late, sleeping late, way past your bedtime, snuggling under the crisp sheets till kingdom come or till the harsh rays of the sun come streaming through your window.

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Gov’t action sought on disposal of lamps with mercury

Published by rudy Date posted on May 2, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Following an investigation on discarded mercury-containing lamps at a garbage transfer station in Tondo, Manila, green groups appealed to the government to come up with an effective mechanism on the collection of spent fluorescent lamps that continue to pose threats to human health and environment.

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DENR looking for Central Luzon disposal site for mercury wastes

Published by rudy Date posted on April 7, 2011

SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Luzon is in a quandary on where to dump hospital devices and other wastes such as busted fluorescent lights containing mercury.

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Mercury traces found in 3 Kalinga rivers

Published by rudy Date posted on March 27, 2011

TABUK CITY, Kalinga, Philippines  – Mercury traces were found in three major rivers in this province, prompting the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and the Mining and Geosciences Bureau to ask local officials to ban the use of the toxic substance by small-scale miners.

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Mercury traces found in 3 Kalinga rivers

Published by rudy Date posted on March 27, 2011

TABUK CITY, Kalinga, Philippines  – Mercury traces were found in three major rivers in this province, prompting the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and the Mining and Geosciences Bureau to ask local officials to ban the use of the toxic substance by small-scale miners.

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Local artists unite for mercury phaseout

Published by rudy Date posted on March 9, 2011

MANILA, Philippines –  Local celebrities came together in a campaign against mercury-containing thermometers and sphygmomanometers in the market.

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A ticking time bomb

Published by rudy Date posted on March 9, 2011

Government appears helpless in dealing with a growing unregulated backyard industry – one that exports acid-drenched lead derived from used vehicle and industrial lead-acid batteries.

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Let there be (eco-friendly) light!

Published by rudy Date posted on March 8, 2011

Edgar Yu of Bagong Pilipino, a concerned consumer, sent us an e-mail hoping to enlighten readers on the “much-hyped and pushed CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) that are very dangerous to health but they are not saying.”

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In 3 Philippine areas, mercury poisons air, says study

Published by rudy Date posted on February 24, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines—In some places in the Philippines, breathing would be like committing suicide.

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Residents evacuated due to alleged ammonia leak from ice plant

Published by rudy Date posted on February 21, 2011

MANILA, Philippines—Around 100 families were evacuated Sunday night following an alleged ammonia leak at an ice plant in Quezon City.

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EcoWaste backs Senate bid to look into harmful ingredients in soaps

Published by rudy Date posted on February 7, 2011

A proposal by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago for a Senate inquiry into antimicrobial chemical ingredients used in soaps and a wide range of consumer products has won the backing of a non-governmental toxic watchdog.

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A burning warning on microwave ovens

Published by rudy Date posted on January 25, 2011

Now, this topic is hot, hot, hot! There’s probably one sitting in your kitchen. And you’re probably using it more than once a day. It’s that M word: the microwave oven, of course! Latest scientific clinical studies done by Swiss, Russian, and German experts dish out this burning warning: Throw away those microwave ovens! And…

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Clean up your home of toxic cleaners

Published by rudy Date posted on January 18, 2011

It’s all over (the holiday hoopla, that is) but the cleaning up. But before you pick up your trusty broomstick and dust pan, and take out those cleaning aids from your musty cabinet shelves, read this: A toxic watchdog has urged the public to use safer alternatives to avoid health risks due to cleaning chemicals.

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DOH to tighten measures against toxic plastic toys

Published by rudy Date posted on December 9, 2010

THE Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday assured the public that they would do some preventive measures on all plastic toys that are being sold in the country now that the Christmas season is coming. Health Secretary Enrique Ona in a radio interview said that the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) would conduct tests to…

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