RECALL: ‘Best Friend’ charm bracelets recalled for cadmium

Parents need to check their daughters’ jewelry boxes for a new potential threat: “Best Friend” charm bracelets made in China and sold at Claire’s Boutiques had high levels of cadmium. I remember having these charms when I was in elementary school and we loved them. It’s terrible that now parents have to worry about these charms causing harm to their children’s kidneys and bones! Here’s the full report:

From The Associated Press:

“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission tells The Associated Press its inspectors at the nation’s ports are now screening imported children’s jewelry for cadmium.”

“On Monday, the agency announced the recall of about 19,000 “Best Friends” charm bracelets made in China and sold at the Claire’s chain because of high levels of cadmium, which can harm the kidneys and bones and is a known carcinogen.”

“Agency scientists confirmed test results that AP reported in January, showing high levels of cadmium in the “Best Friends” bracelets sold at Claire’s.”

Crib safety: CPSC finds 32 deaths in 9 years from drop-side cribs

Also an update from The Consumer Product Safety Commission: After reviewing crib-related fatalities reported to the agency from January 2000 to the present, the staff found 32 infant and toddler suffocation and strangulation deaths, plus hundreds of incidents, that were caused by or related to drop-side detachments in cribs. This link show photos of the multiple ways babies can be hurt in these cribs. Please check the photos and check your crib regularly for problems.

6 comments Add your comment


May 10th, 2010
6:31 pm

You didn’t mention that cadmium is a metal, and why it is toxic. I don’t know how this blog is still funded – this and Rodney Ho’s.

Time To Stop Importing

May 10th, 2010
6:40 pm

China is still exporting us harmful goods and we just keep on letting get away with it. ITS TIME TO STOP BUYING FROM CHINA


May 10th, 2010
9:08 pm

I would rather my child have a couple of pieces of silver than a box full of toxic crap.


May 10th, 2010
10:45 pm

The first time I heard of cadmium in children’s jewelry was around the holidays, those Rudolph pendants. Now more stuff?! Before that, it was lead. And melamine (sp?) in pet food. Really, how long is it going to take us to realize that China does not care about consumer safety? One would assume that in America we have federal agencies protecting consumers from deadly or dangerous products. Wrong. Is this NAFTA fallout?


May 11th, 2010
6:40 am

Am I in the right place today? Hello?


May 11th, 2010
4:47 pm

I would like to personalize an apology if anyone was offended by my rude comments @ 1:37 am….guess I had a bad night and still nothing will make me trust some one from the far East.