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Girls and women getting into the artificial fingernails craze may want to think twice – the glue they use to put on the accessories may contain a potential toxin, an ecological group warned.

The EcoWaste Coalition said the nail adhesive used to bond the fake nails may be dangerous to one’s health, after encountering plastic nails with no authorization from the Food and Drugs Administration in Divisoria.

“The glue’s orange label includes the precautionary warning ‘keep out of reach of children,’ but the product itself is being sold in toy stores and often bought with the intent of re-selling to kids,” said coordinator Aileen Lucero.

According to the group, the fingernails come in 20 small plastic packets with six to 12 decorated nails and a small tube of nail adhesive.

Such products sell for P50 to P80 per set, or P2.50 to P4 per packet.

The group noted the tube label lists the ingredients of the nail adhesive as acetone, carboxylated vinyl resins, hexamethylene, methyl ethyl ketone and dibutyl phthalate.

EcoWaster said DBP is classified by the European Chemicals Agency as “toxic to reproduction,” and is banned in cosmetics, and child articles and toys.

EU also considers DBP as “dangerous for the environment” and “very toxic to aquatic life,” the group said.

According to the group chronic exposure may damage the kidneys, liver and the central nervous system, and cause adverse reproductive effects and birth defects (teratogenic), and may also affect genetic material (mutagenic).

The group also expressed concern over the presence of acetone, another reproductive toxin, in the nail adhesive. Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News

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