Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today sought
reply from the Union Government as to why the norms on
permissible levels of toxic materials, fixed by Bureau of
Indian Standards, are not implemented for toys sold in India.
The reply is to be filed within four weeks, said the
division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S C
The court`s directive came in response to a PIL filed
by city-based NGO `Consumer Welfare Association` which cited a
report published by another NGO, Toxic Link, about use of
toxic metals such as lead in toys sold in India.
Rajiv Chavan, petitoners` lawyer, said that while BIS
has norms in place in this regard -- which are in line with
norms in the European Union -- they are not binding.
At an earlier hearing, Maharashtra Pollution Control
Board had admitted that toys -- especially China-made - did
contain toxic materials like cadmium and lead that may be
hazardous to children`s health.