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EU-funded study finds high levels of lead in paint in seven Asian countries.

The majority of household paints analyzed in seven Asian countries contain unsafe levels of lead; would not meet regulatory standards established in most highly industrialized countries; and, in a number of cases, have astonishingly high lead content, according to a new report. The Asian Regional Paint Report that will be released on March 23, 2014 by IPEN at the 4th Asian-Pacific Regional meeting of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) convened by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). For a copy of the report and news release, please go to www.ipen.org. (First item.)

Key findings:

* More than three-quarters of the paints analyzed contained lead levels above 90 parts per million (ppm) and would not be permitted for sale in most industrialized countries.

* At least a quarter of all paints from all countries contained extremely dangerous levels of lead above 10,000 ppm.

* Overall, brightly colored paints (red, yellow) contained the highest lead levels.

* Major paint brands that contained high levels of lead in previously conducted studies in these same countries now have levels below 90 ppm.

* Paints with low levels of lead were available in all markets at prices comparable to the leaded products, suggesting that the technology exists to produce cost effective, lead-safe products.

* None of the paint cans containing lead stated this on the label or explained the hazards associated with lead.

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Title Annotation:As We Go To Press; European Union
Publication:Coatings World
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:90ASI
Date:Apr 1, 2014
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