LGUs Exhorted to Go after Stores Selling Cyanide-Containing Silver Jewelry Cleaners

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LGUs Exhorted to Go after Stores Selling Cyanide-Containing Silver Jewelry Cleaners


MANILA -- The EcoWaste Coalition, a toxics watch group, has urged mayors and local health and police chiefs to crack down on vendors of silver jewelry cleaners containing the deadly cyanide compound.

The group's plea for action came on the heels of a recent public health warning from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) against three brands of cyanide-laden silver cleaning products.

The FDA on Aug. 16 warned the public against buying, using and storing Silver Sparkle Flat Silver Dip, Unisilver Silver Dip and Cleanse Silver (Copper) Cleaner "as these pose imminent hazards and danger to both human and animal health" due their cyanide content.

"All local government units and law enforcement agencies are requested to ensure that the above-mentioned brands are not sold or made available in their localities or areas of jurisdiction," the FDA Advisory 2016-088 said.

"We ask our local government, health and police officials to heed FDA's request and promptly launch joint law enforcement operations to rid the marketplace of cyanide-laced silver cleaning solutions," stated Thony Dizon, Coordinator of the EcoWaste Coalition's Project Protect.

"Any delay in responding to the FDA's request will mean more consumers having access to this poison that had already fatally harmed many people, including innocent children who mistook the clear liquid for drinking water," he added.

On Saturday, Aug. 20, the EcoWaste Coalition went to the same silver jewelry shops in a shopping mall in Quiapo, Manila where the FDA got the said silver cleaning products and managed to buy Silver Sparkle Flat Silver Dip for PHP55 and Unisilver Silver Dip for PHP69. …

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