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Poison Play

A majority of toys in India, domestic and imported, contain toxins that exceed permissible limits.

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Poison Play

A majority of toys in India, domestic and imported, contain toxins that exceed permissible limits.

T
he efforts of health awareness activists in recent years have ensured that the safety of materials used in making toys is now under scrutiny. In response to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed in 2008 by a non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Consumer Welfare Association, Mumbai, the centre recently announced that in six months it would be mandatory for toys sold in India to follow quality standards and toxic limits drawn up by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The Toy Association of India (TAI), however, has told the court that if BIS norms become compulsory a large number of the smaller toy manufacturers will have to shut shop. With an estimated annual turnover of Rs 2,000 to 2,500 crore, the toy industry is largely in the unorganised sector. The branded distributors who mainly deal with imported toys have about 20% of the market share. Plastic toys are the most popular, followed by soft, fabric, wooden and metal toys.

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