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EcoWaste group finds ‘toxic’ lucky charms in Chinatown

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Days before the Chinese New Year, an ecological group found toxic lucky charms being sold in Manila’s Chinatown district.

The EcoWaste Coalition said some of these Feng Shui items had paints containing dangerous levels of lead.

“Why are these products, which are supposed to attract energy, health, long life, happiness and wealth, coated with lead paints that the Philippines and the entire world are trying to eliminate?” asked campaigner Anthony Dizon.

The group said it found the items were being sold in Binondo, Sta. Cruz and Quiapo in Manila. These included:

– red paint of a metallic “bagua” with a lead content of 57,100 ppm.
– yellow paint of a “gain luck coin” (“money plate”) with a lead content of 33,500 ppm.
– yellow paint of a “lucky dragon amulet” with a lead content of 10,700 ppm.
– black-green paint of a rooster figure had a lead content of 5,032 ppm.
– yellow paint of a “four-corner blessing” charm with a lead content of 3,284 ppm.