Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Toxic Jewelry: Keeping Your Kids Safe

First toys, now worries about children being exposed to another toxic metal.

Cadmium, a substance known to cause cancer, is showing up in children's jewelry imported from China.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched an investigation, and the nation's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, has now taken these products off the shelves.

Manufacturers were barred in 2008 from using lead in children's toys. Now an Associated Press investigation shows another inexpensive dangerous metal-cadmium, is being substituted in children's jewelry and going undetected.

The Associated Press bought more than 100 pieces of children's jewelry made in China, and sold at WalMart and other retailers around the country. 12% of the trinkets contained at least 10% cadmium. But Disney's Princess and the Frog pendants came in between 25%-35% Cadmium.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a statement, saying the agency is moving swiftly to prevent foreign manufacturers of children's jewelry from substituting high levels of cadmium and other heavy metals in place of lead.

Disney says it requires all of its products to be tested, and says the Princess and Frog necklaces were shown to be in compliance with all current safety standards.

CPSC has suggested that parents not purchase metal jewelry for their children.

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