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Sunday, July 3, 2011

HARMFUL PAINT EXPORTS: Indian paint majors have toxic double standards: NGO!

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Special Correspondent / The Hindu /  NEW DELHI, July 2, 2011.

Indian paint majors are showing their true colours in neighbouring markets, by including dangerously high levels of lead in their products, according to a study conducted by some non-governmental organisations in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Indian paint majors are showing their true colours in neighbouring markets, by including dangerously high levels of lead in their products, according to a study conducted by some non-governmental organisations in India, Nepal and Bangladesh - The Hindu.

Study finds higher levels of lead in Nepal, Bangladesh
Indian paint majors are showing their true colours in neighbouring markets, by including dangerously high levels of lead in their products, according to a study conducted by some non-governmental organisations in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
For example, Asian Paints' Golden Yellow shade of paint contains only 90 ppm (parts per million) of lead in India, meeting international standards. In Nepal, it contained 190 ppm of lead, exceeding global safety norms, but meeting Indian standards. However, in Bangladesh, the same shade of paint contained a whopping 43,600 ppm of lead.
Similarly, Berger Paints' Golden Yellow paint has 17,200 ppm of lead in India – well above any safety limits – but almost 2.12 lakh ppm in Nepal. In Bangladesh, the same shade contains 1.22 lakh ppm of lead, but Berger Paints India has no equity stake in its Bangladeshi counterpart, although they share the same parent brand.
The claim that top paint manufacturers are marketing toxic products in countries with laxer standards - even while phasing them out in India - is found in the report titled “Double Standard - Investigating Lead Content In Leading Enamel Paint Brands In South Asia”.
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This is highly condemnable hypocritical international criminal act and those irresponsible pain manufacturer-exporters must be prosecuted under Indian Criminal Laws!
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