DTI Wants to Stop Sale of Lato-Lato Toy Due to Harmful Materials

DTI Steps In to Stop the Sale of Lato-Lato Toy Due to Harmful Materials

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will now help the government to stop the sale of trending lato-lato toys due to harmful materials.

According to DTI Usec Ruth Castelo, the selling of such toys is banned since they lack a product notification certificate. In Divisoria, toys are sold lato-lato, not in pairs, and are packaged in plain plastic. Each piece of lato-lato sells for P40 to P100, depending on size and class.

DTI Lato-Lato

“Kahit ‘yung nakikita sa bangketa na nakalatag, kahit na ‘yung naka-plastic package na wala rin naming labels, naka-pack lang siya, lahat ng kinds ng lato-lato, bawal,” said Castelo.

“Hindi siya dapat nabebenta, hindi siya dabat nakikita. And I’m sure the FDA is also moving on this, nagi-enforce din sila na alisin sa market ‘yung produkto dahil wala ngang CPN. Tutulungan lang natin sila,” she added.

As a result of the DTI’s proposal, vendors have requested that their suppliers mark their items. Based on the report, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already issued a warning about unapproved cans that may contain hazardous contents for youngsters.

Some of the brands of lato-lato that light up, according to the FDA, have not gone through the agency’s notification process. According to reports, the FDA has not examined the components used to produce lato-lato.

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