The SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA) has appealed to the Department of Health and the SA Medical Research Council to investigate the lead content of the increasing number of imported aerosol paint spray cans now flooding the local market.
Deryck Spence, executive director of SAPMA, has told the two government departments that SAPMA member, Sprayon Paint, as well as the Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (AMA), has alerted SAPMA to the fact that the local retail market is being flooded by cheap Chinese paint aerosol cans being sold at low prices detrimental to local manufacturers. “Not only does this threaten local manufacturing but the dumping of the Chinese aerosol spray cans also harms the work that SAPMA is doing on the reduction of lead in paint as there is obviously no control on the lead content of products being illegally imported into the country,” Spence has told the government bodies.
He says SAPMA serious doubts whether the imported paint in aerosols – predominantly sold in bright primary colours – are lead-free. The lead content of bright coloured paint is usually very high.
“SAPMA would appreciate remedial action being taken by investigating all imported paint products from China so that it can be established whether they are in line with the import tariff codes as well as within the prescribes of the lead in paint legislation,” Spence has urged the government departments.
Spence says Prof Angela Mathee, director of the SA Medical Research Council, has promised immediate investigation of the aerosol imports. She has for long shared SAPMA’s desire to combat leaded paints.
“Furthermore, the authenticity of some Chinese coating imports, generally, is highly questionable. There have already been cases of coatings imports from China that turned out to seawater, and titanium dioxide shipments that turned out to be sea sand. Neither of these shipments was stopped by South African customs,” Spence adds.