More than 70 percent of the paint brands in a new study analyzing lead in solvent-based paints for home use in Kenya, sold one or more paint that contained dangerously high total lead levels greater than 10,000 ppm. One yellow paint advertised as “lead free” contained lead levels as high as 16 percent of the paint, almost 1,800 times the allowed limit of 0.009 percent (90 ppm) established in many countries for lead in paint. This is also the maximum allowed level in two paint standards adopted by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), expected to be gazetted by KEBS. These and other concerning findings are part of a report released today by the Centre for Environment Justice and Development (CEJAD) and IPEN.
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