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?