MANILA - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned Artex Fine Watercolors in the country because of the dangers that the product poses to health of children.
The FDA also ordered the seizure of the products being sold in some bookstores and shops nationwide.
The agency said the product has excessive lead content.
Artex Watercolors contain around 3,000 to 5,000 parts per million (ppm) lead, which is beyond the safe level of 90 ppm, the FDA said.
FDA Director-General Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go warned that too much exposure to the lead in the watercolor product can lead to anemia, lower IQ, seizure, or coma in children.
Artex Watercolors are popular products which have been used by schoolchildren for several decades.
The product manufacturer has yet to issue a statement on the FDA ban. - report from Nina Corpuz, ABS-CBN News