In six months’ time, you will be able to buy plastic toys for your child without worrying about whether they are toxic.
The Centre on Thursday told the Bombay High Court that it intends to make it mandatory for all toys sold in India to adhere to quality standards and toxic limits specified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the national body that develops product standards and issues quality certification.
Currently, it is not compulsory for companies to follow these standards.
Many toys have a high density of toxic metals that can get absorbed through the skin and mouth and are dangerous for children. Following standards will help regulate toxin levels and use of heavy metals in toys.
Mandar Goswami, government pleader, submitted a communication from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in court, which states that the industrial policy and promotion department will make BIS mandatory. The department has sought six months to make the standards mandatory.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by the Consumer Welfare Association, which sought a ban on manufacture and import of toxic toys.