AP: Toxic metals found in children’s jewelry from China!

This is the type of charm suspected of having cadmium -- a toxic metal -- in it. AP

This is the type of charm suspected of having the toxic metal cadmium in it. AP

Check your daughters’ little jewelry boxes. A new investigation from The Associated Press shows that some children’s jewelry imported from China has levels of a toxic heavy metal known as cadmium. The cadmium is a known carcinogen that can hinder brain development in the very young!

“Barred from using lead in children’s jewelry because of its toxicity, some Chinese manufacturers have been substituting the more dangerous heavy metal cadmium in sparkling charm bracelets and shiny pendants being sold throughout the United States, an Associated Press investigation shows.”

“The most contaminated piece analyzed in lab testing performed for the AP contained a startling 91 percent cadmium by weight. The cadmium content of other contaminated trinkets, all purchased at national and regional chains or franchises, tested at 89 percent, 86 percent and 84 percent by weight. The testing also showed that some items easily shed the heavy metal, raising additional concerns about the levels of exposure to children.”

“A spokesman for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which regulates children’s products, said Sunday that the agency “is opening an investigation” and “will take action as quickly as possible to protect the safety of children.”

“Cadmium is a known carcinogen. Like lead, it can hinder brain development in the very young, according to recent research.”

“Children don’t have to swallow an item to be exposed — they can get persistent, low-level doses by regularly sucking or biting jewelry with a high cadmium content.” …

“Some of the most troubling test results were for bracelet charms sold at Walmart, at the jewelry chain Claire’s and at a dollar store. High amounts of cadmium also were detected in “The Princess and The Frog” movie-themed pendants.”

“There’s nothing positive that you can say about this metal. It’s a poison,” said Bruce A. Fowler, a cadmium specialist and toxicologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On the CDC’s priority list of 275 most hazardous substances in the environment, cadmium ranks No. 7.”

I am really upset about this because Rose got for Christmas a beautiful jewelry box and lots of little trinkets (I’m sure many of which are from China) from Santa, Mimi and other family members. She and the baby have been having the greatest time wearing them and now I need to take them away. Who knows what these bracelets and necklaces are made of  – even the pieces that appear to be plastic!! I think I’m going to call the Consumer Product Safety Commission and find out how we can tell if the jewelry is affected. (It’s a lot of jewelry. You hate to throw it away if it’s not necessary.)

What jewelry can I give my two little girls to play with that is safe? (Other than mine – Lilina already broke my pearl bracelet that Michael gave me our first Christmas together!)

How concerned are you about this new finding? Will you chunk your child’s play jewelry? What will you replace it with?

(We have two topics today. On a lighter note you can discuss Fergie and Josh renewing their wedding vows only a year after getting married. What does it indicate?)

56 comments Add your comment

motherjanegoose

January 11th, 2010
7:52 am

No little girls in this house, so I will not be raiding jewelry boxes.

To me, this is the problem with all consumers ( including myself) we want things to be affordable
( cheap) but sometimes these things are not tested to be safe. When I purchase items at the Dollar Store, ( and I do sometimes) I ask myself…how can this be $1. I do understand a bit about buying excess inventory but some of the items there may not be best for consumers…is it just me? I know they once said the toothpaste was bad.

On a side note but similar….I had a bad rash a few years ago which was finally diagnosed as gutate
psoriasis ( related to strep throat) and it spread all over my body….not fun when I have to sit on the plane next to someone. I had to find out what it was and if it was contagious.

Early on, a neighbor asked me if I had worn an item of clothing that had not been washed yet as they sometimes pack these items ( made overseas) in plants and materials that could cause an allergic reaction. I did not know this but always wash things now before I wear them!

Maybe someone will host a testing sight for the jewelry…or else Theresa, go to the Goodwill or a consignment shop to find some Granndma’s jewelry for the girls…would that work? You could probably even find a few purses for them to haul around their loot…hahaha!

Justmy2cents

January 11th, 2010
7:55 am

Luckily most of the jewelry my kids have is either real, or purchased while traveling and is not metal. It is usually beaded stuff we find in the islands. I would wait to find out specific items vs. tossing it all away.

As far as what to give them to play with…go out and buy a little jewelry making kit and that will keep them occupied and give them a finished product to play with as well.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 11th, 2010
7:56 am

kits probably come from china -so bummed by this and now untrusting!!– Rose actually got one — it’s in the laundry room — i will go a check it now — I am going to call the consumer safety folks to day and will report back their advice.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 11th, 2010
7:58 am

We have two topics this morning folks — the first was on Fergie and Josh renewing their vows one year after getting married — does it signal trouble or just romantic?

http://blogs.ajc.com/momania/2010/01/10/fergie-and-josh-renew-vows-marriage-in-trouble-or-just-romantic/

Hi there

January 11th, 2010
8:34 am

I worry about the same thing as my little one always wants to be a “Princess” and have her crown on with all the other little items. Thankfully for the most part everything seems to be ok and it is all plastic, so no worries there. Anything that touches her skin that is a metal is generally the real thing (earings are real gold).

If you don’t want to toss them out until you can figure out how to test them, let the girls paint some noodles and add glitter with some glue and just string it up or put it on some elastic for easy off and on. This way you have a project and they also have something to play with to tid them over until you get things figured out. I don’t remember as a kid having that much dress up items and if they were, they were all costume jewelry. I still can’t use the cheap stuff without it breaking me out, so I guess it’s kind of a good thing for my little one since I won’t let her wear anything cheap either and hopefully we can avoid any real dangers.

Good luck and keep me posted on what you find. I’m sure I have friends out there who need to know about this for their little ones.

1sus

January 11th, 2010
8:45 am

I have a vague memory that there may be some kind of kit to test the jewelry? For some reason that comes to mind about toys that were deemed unsafe years ago. But maybe I’m imagining this or just thinking of lead . . . .

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 11th, 2010
8:50 am

they’ve replaced the lead with a much worse chemical actually higher on the CDC’s list — I just don’t understand where their thoughts are when they choose to do this!!! Let’s adda dangerous chemical to this toy — what could they be thinking —

Denise

January 11th, 2010
8:52 am

Alot of you insulted me because of my comments on Thursday about rooting for snow – and the bad side of it.

Turns out I was right. Before Thursday was even over, a woman died in a single car wreck because of it.

Hope you folks enjoyed the snow. Glad it was worth that life to you.

motherjanegoose

January 11th, 2010
9:22 am

@ Denise….I do not think I insulted you but I sense you are angry and I know how it feels to be insulted on this blog.

Weather comes and weather goes. There are those who wish for rain ( when we are in a drought). I know someone whose 20 something daughter was driving home from work in a bad thunderstorm and her car swerved over to the median brick wall, she was killed. A tragedy but it did happen in a thunderstorm…which is common in the Atlanta area.

Snow is common over many parts of our country and terrible things do happen. To my knowledge, there is no way we can say, “no, we do not want snow….please send it somewhere else….” Snow also provides jobs for many areas that have ski resorts and some posters here ( not me) love to get out and play in it.

To me, it is not like we were wishing for a hurricane, so that we could be amazed with the wind.

The tragedy of the boys who drowned in the pond, is another example. We do not have extreme cold weather here, in Atlanta, very often and so we need to learn and share how our response to the weather will be. Dangerous things can happen in all sorts of weather. Remember during the summer where parents left children and pets in their cars?

My son is now friends with someone who is in school here from Wisconsin. He told him yesterday that even though he is quite used to snow, he was not about to get out and drive in the traffic here.
Our Atlanta born friends and neighbors do not know how to handle even 1-2 inches and he did not want to get in a wreck.

I realize that everyone cannot stay home, as we did, but there are many out and about who do not need to be driving.

I hope you have a better day knowing that we will be back to our typical temps by Thursday and the sun is shining!

Becky

January 11th, 2010
9:36 am

My little one isn’t into the jewelry, so this isn’t a biggie to me right now..

@Denise, it wasn’t so much that we were insulting you, it’s just that bad things happen to people every day, not just when it snows..I’m very sorry that this lady died, but GUESS WHAT? People die every day in car wrecks..So don’t be gloating over being right about one thing..

alm

January 11th, 2010
9:43 am

I think I’ll stick with silver.

Julia

January 11th, 2010
9:47 am

I dont have a dog in this fight.. I have a son :)..

Morning MGJ, FCM, Theresa and Tiger..

We had no school again today.

Julia

January 11th, 2010
9:49 am

Denise girl you need prozac

Julia

January 11th, 2010
9:51 am

Denise are you low in your prozac and yes I am gonna bounce here there are several people that died because of this.. Those two boys yesterday….

Denise

January 11th, 2010
10:03 am

Julia, I think YOU’RE the only one around here on Prozac. You obviously missed your dose today.

Yeah, people die because of snow/ice and yet others cheer for more. That’s just sick – which was my point.

shaggy

January 11th, 2010
10:03 am

Hey Denise, people live and people die. You will too, someday, and the world just keeps turning. You might as well enjoy little things like snow in Gerogia, while you can.

motherjanegoose

January 11th, 2010
10:16 am

O.K. kids we are going to have to go with DB’s first grade rule soon.

Denise, I get your point but people die in rain, sun, wind, snow and fire. Life happens.
I know this is not what everyone thinks but ( to me) when it is your time to go, it is your time to go and it does not matter if you are in a car wreck or choke on a chicken bone. Your number is up.

Many folks have drowned at the beach and yet many others ( me included) love the beach.

Some folks here are nervous to drive on the interstate period as there are too many accidents.
My brother in law will not get on a plane for this very reason ( potential crash) and yet millions of folks fly ( me included) all the time.

Julia…I am impressed that FCM thought you looked exactly as she expected, in your picture. I am terrible at this game. I speak with folks on the phone for months and form an opinion. Then, I go out to work with them and they look NOTHING like what I imagined. it always takes me by surprise.

No trivia yet. I was going to Gainesville this morning but Hall County Schools are still closed, so I am going to run some errands if I can get off the blog :)

Becky

January 11th, 2010
10:16 am

Don’t recall where anyone on here was cheering for ice..Might be speaking out of turn here, but I don’t think any of us on here are that doofus..Yeah, we wished for snow, but hey, I wish for lots of things and never get them..It’s the way the world turns, so yesh Denise, go take a prozac and have a shot of Crown Royal and life will be better..

motherjanegoose

January 11th, 2010
10:23 am

@ becky….I have never had Crown Royal but as much as you recommend it maybe I should :)

Please see my post this morning on the snow blog…I need your input with a Friday question….thanks!

jmb

January 11th, 2010
10:29 am

I also got slammed once for stating that mouthwash would help Theresa and others from contracting so many viruses and on the Doctors show this past Thursday, it was stated (by a DR) that this indeed worked. There’s always one to disagree so get over it like I did.

Denise

January 11th, 2010
10:35 am

Becky is hooked on Crown Royal

Julia is hooked on Prozac

MJG is hooked on chatting for attention

Jesse’s Girl defines herself by her husband

Theresa lusts for her kid’s doctor

FCM claims to be a Christian while she insults and blasts everyone

What a wonderful bunch of “moms.” The next generation is doomed.

Julia

January 11th, 2010
10:37 am

That is funny MGJ,:).. I think the boy is a doll my self :)

bless your heart deinse.. you have to be so bitter and see the worst in everything….

Wow, just wow, Denise...

January 11th, 2010
10:42 am

It sounds like you need more than a strong drink or a few pills – maybe Tiger will offer his services after he wakes up in CO this morning!

motherjanegoose

January 11th, 2010
10:44 am

@ Denise….I am hooked on chatting but not for attention.

I love to chat, whether it be on this blog, on the phone, at the grocery store, on an airplane, in a restaurant or whatever.

I chatted with a teacher who was walking through the library where I was setting up for a Kinder show last week. She was not a Kinder teacher. How we got onto oral surgery, I do not remember but her daughter needed it and their dental insurance would not pick it up. I mentioned that sometimes medical insurance would cover it and she said, “thanks so much for chatting with me…I will check it out….”

So, as I said…I love to chat and share information…I learn a lot too and this is why I chat with total strangers as they may absolutely know something I do not know but need to.

Heck I can chat with DB over lunch for 2 hours…..;)

Julia

January 11th, 2010
10:58 am

Denise, were / are you a school bully or the kid that got the crap beat out of them daily. either way this is not a mature way to act in public

Becky

January 11th, 2010
11:08 am

@MJG, sorry for the delay in answering you..No, I never was given that speech..My Mother did most all of the house work, took care of all 10 children and worked out of the house after I turned 2.. It was just what she did..Also, you are right, I am right behind you..I just turned 48 and am happy to admit it..My husband took me out to dinner and when they came aorund to sing to me, the guy asked me how old did I want to be today..I said, just what I am 48..The look on his face was priceless..

@Denise, I am not hooked on anyting other than doing the best that I can do to be happy and make those around me happy..I actually don’t drink..Way back in the day, I did drink, but have no interest in it now..As for the others, I think don’t know that much about Julia, but she seems to be fine without drugs..MJG, yes, she likes to chat, but if you read, you usually learn something from her..Jesses Girl, always a hoot to read what she has to say and just because she uses her husbands name, that does not mean that she’s not her own person..Lots of people still refer to me as Terry’s wife even though we have been divorced for 16 years..Lots of women look at other men and think how cute they are, so whats the big deal with Theresa doing it? FCM, I don’t think she’s trying to be anything except honest and straight forward..

So in a nut shell, this is who we are..Like us or leave us, I’m not sure that it matters to us..

DB

January 11th, 2010
11:12 am

Denise — the only thing I can think of is that perhaps you had a close friend or family member who died in a snow/ice related accident. If that’s the case, you certainly have my sympathy.

However . . .

If we followed your logic, we should also dread summer, because people die in swimming accidents and from heat stroke.

You seem very angry — I’m not sure why, exactly, but you do seem to be taking a light-hearted topic very, very personally.

Jane

January 11th, 2010
11:19 am

DB, I don’t think I’d call a blog about toxic metals a “light-hearted topic.”

Geez, Jane...

January 11th, 2010
11:25 am

…don’t be so literal – I really doubt DB was referring to the topic headline when she made her “light-hearted” comment….it was more relted to the snow day blog topic.

Becky

January 11th, 2010
11:26 am

I think the light hearted blog would be us wishing for snow..

Geez, Jane...

January 11th, 2010
11:26 am

“relted” = related – my bad! And the snow day topic WAS and attempt to be lighthearted!

YUKI

January 11th, 2010
11:42 am

No little girl for me yet..but it is pretty scary to think how dangerous this stuff is. You keep hearing about these toys and how they are made of toxic materials. I guess it’s all about profit to these companies…sickening.
…and I think she’s going to need something even stronger than prozac.

shaggy

January 11th, 2010
11:44 am

Hey everyone, Denise was finally right about something. Whoooopie! Denise was right! WowieZowie! Denise was right! YeeeeeeHaaaaaawaaaaaaaaaaaaa!Denise was finally right! Can you believe it? Denise was, once upon a time, in a galaxay far far away, in the beginning, rootin tootin Right????

Now, Denise you may go back to your hole, climb right back in, and don’t forget to close the door behind you reeeeeeeeeaaaal tight pardner!

FCM

January 11th, 2010
11:48 am

@Julia and the other regulars — Happy Monday!

@ MJG — Julia is the first that looked like I thought they would. You came close, you are younger than I expected. I will second the Crown Royal (or Gentleman Jack) for responsible adults on a cold night.

@ Becky — you’re right about me. :)

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 11th, 2010
11:50 am

Just called the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and at this point they don’t have a recommendation but are working on one. Their spokesperson said they will get back to me.

AT this point I am planning to collect up the jewelry and then go try to match it with ones with labels at Claires so we’ll at least know where it was made.

Becky

January 11th, 2010
11:59 am

Shaggy, what was Denise right about?

Julia

January 11th, 2010
12:00 pm

I finally got him!!! The boy runs in the living room screaming Squab and sometimes it does make my heart stop, well he was in his bathroom and all I did was say something to him and he jumped out of his skin and yelled dont scare me like that.. :)

FCM

January 11th, 2010
12:00 pm

Most things I have gotten at Claire’s are made in USA but they do have many things from China too. That still won’t garauntee it has the metal your looking for in it.
I am more concerned about the Is the metal your talking about the inexpensive stuff all the stores (Kohls, Target, Macy’s) put out for the holidays…I would think that has to be mass produced of cheap material since the season for selling it is so short.

Julia

January 11th, 2010
12:00 pm

Yipee!! I finally got him!!! Jacob runs in the living room screaming Squab and sometimes it does make my heart stop, well he was in his bathroom and all I did was say something to him and he jumped out of his skin and yelled dont scare me like that..

FCM

January 11th, 2010
12:05 pm

“Claire’s issued a statement pointing out that children’s jewelry is not required to pass a cadmium leaching test. ” Yeah Claire’s is not being very helpful

new mom

January 11th, 2010
2:23 pm

Hey, are we guessing each other’s pictures and I missed it????

FCM

January 11th, 2010
2:33 pm

@ new mom — No, I found MJG online in Oct or Nov. I was looking up speakers for the school. Julia sent a photo out though. Only other person (besides Theresa) that I know for sure what he looks like is Jeff (the Libertarian), not to be confused with Jeff in Rosewell.

My avatar is a particular fictional character so it wouldn’t do anyone well to look me up.

oneofeach4me

January 11th, 2010
2:34 pm

LMAO @ Shaggy. That was great.

As for the blog topic, my daughter didn’t get any jewlery for xmas. And when she does it tends to be plastic beaddy things for braceltes and necklaces and earrings are real gold being she has an allergic reaction to cosmetic earrings.

It is really scary though, u gotta remember Theresa, this is the same government that put that chemical ingredient in baby formula to make it appear heavier in weight which has now caused the deaths of thousands of children and brain damage to hunderds more. The bottom line is what they are thinking.

new mom

January 11th, 2010
2:36 pm

oh, ok, thanks FCM…I’m just so out of it, I wondered if I had missed anything. Did anyone join theresa’s momania page on facebook?

CDD

January 11th, 2010
2:41 pm

Been foreeeever since posting, but I still enjoy reading all the back ‘n forth between posters. :) On topic: this only reminds me of the scare from melamine (sp?) that was initially found in infants’ formula. They’d put it in to fudge the nitrogen levels (I think it was that anyway) of the formula. So I don’t really have a good opinion of anything coming from China having a good QA department looking out for the consumers. But on the other hand, when they did find out who was responsible / who they found for a good scapegoat, they were handed the death penalty.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 11th, 2010
3:14 pm

I’m trying a new thing this month where I post multiple topics a day — Here’s another topic for today — Will your husband carry your purse?

http://blogs.ajc.com/momania/2010/01/11/will-your-husband-carry-your-purse/

Julia

January 11th, 2010
3:26 pm

who has facebook? :)…

motherjanegoose

January 11th, 2010
3:31 pm

Just back from Kinder. I chatted with the media clerk on the way out as her son is friends with my daughter. She told me about the Senior Parents meeting this week. I did not know about it and am glad I CHATTED with her. THIS is why I chat with everyone Denise.

@ FCM… please do NOT put my picture on here. If folks can figure it our on their own fine!
In November, I had a lady tell me ( in front of my sister and daughter) you do NOT look 50.
That really made my day!

@ Julia….I do not do facebook, I know it is impossible to believe but true.

FCM

January 11th, 2010
3:48 pm

@MJG I did not put your picture anywhere…that is your business I only claimed to have seen it. :)

Julia

January 11th, 2010
5:48 pm

I put mine out here.. I dont care.. :).. its not the one they used for “america’s most wanted” ;)