“noche Buena” and “media noche” meals, a toxics watchdog group advised the
public not to use paint brushes to apply basting sauce on all time favorite barbecue
and grilled meat.
The EcoWaste Coalition, an active advocate for lead poisoning prevention,
revealed that the handles of some paint brushes contain high levels of lead way
above the threshold limit of 90 (parts per million) ppm for lead in paint.
and 23 for P10 to P84 each from hardware and general merchandise stores in
Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Pasay and Quezon Cities showed exceedingly high lead
quantify toxic metals such as lead on the mostly yellow paint coatings of the
and mercury were also found in most of these 17 samples.
Fly with14,900 ppm, an unbranded brush
with 10,100 ppm, Hippo with 10,000 ppm, Camel with 9,643 ppm, 2B with 9,241
ppm, Butterfly with 8,941 ppm, Croco with 8,152 ppm, Yuko with 6,296 and MMT with 5,991
will deteriorate and contaminate the basting sauce rubbed on the meat that is
eventually eaten by humans,” said Thony Dizon, Coordinator, EcoWaste
Coalition’s Project Protect.
advise food preparers to err on the side of caution and discontinue using paint
brushes in food preparations,” he said.
lemon grass or pandan leaves will serve the purpose.
use paint brushes to mop sauce on barbecue or grilled meat, or to spread
margarine on other holiday favorites such as “bibingka” (rice cake) and “puto
bumbong” (steamed sticky rice).
Health Organization (WHO) publication “Exposure to Lead: A Major Public Health
Concern” states that lead is “a cumulative toxicant that affects multiple
body systems, including the neurologic, hematologic, gastrointestinal,
cardiovascular, and renal systems.”
for adverse effects of lead exposure is greater for children than for adults,
because in children 1) the intake of lead per
unit body weight is higher, 2) more dust may be ingested, 3) lead absorption in
the gastrointestinal tract is higher, 4) the blood–brain barrier is not yet
fully developed and 5) neurological effects occur at
lower levels than in adults,” it said.
pregnant women to high levels of lead can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature
birth and low birth weight, as well as minor malformations,” it pointed out.