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Decorative wall paints could affect health

In a latest scientific study, test and analysis conducted by Italy-based the Certottica laboratory, it has been found that a large number of enamel decorate paints have a very high level of lead-content violating the norms of the Bureau of Indian Standards.

According to Dr Nata Menabde, WHO Representative to India, the addition of lead compounds to decorative paints poses unacceptable risks and this practice should be stopped as urgently as possible. Children up to 10 years age are most vulnerable to neurological impacts of lead exposure.

In a statement, Menabde said necessary steps must be taken to help prevent the hidden risks of lead-exposure. There is an international mandate to remove lead from paint by 2020.