CPSC Expands Investigations over Children's Jewelry Recalls

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For the third time this year, children’s jewelry and accessory products are being recalled due to high levels of the toxic metal cadmium. Spokesman Scott Wolfson said that the organizations surveillance and detection program “has now been expanded.”

The latest recall involves about 19,000 “Best Friends” charm bracelet sets made in China and sold for about $12 exclusively at Claire’s, a jewelry and accessory store in North America and Europe. The CPSC does not release their testing results, but the Associated Press found that the bracelets contained up to 91% cadmium by weight.

The chain store has immediately stopped selling the bracelets, manufactured by Dae Yeon Industries Corp. Consumers who have purchased the bracelets should return them to Claire’s for a replacement or refund.

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Cadmium is toxic if ingested by children and can cause adverse health effects, said the recall announcement by the CPSC. The metal is also carcinogenic at high levels and can harm kidneys and bones. It has also been linked to lung disease.

According to the AP, representatives of jewelry importers and manufacturers have rejected the idea that children's metal jewelry is unsafe. Michael Gale, executive director of the Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Trade Association, has told several state that if laws pass setting limits on cadmium content, it might be impossible to put any lower-priced children's jewelry on stores shelves.

For more on cadmium and jewelry recalls, see:

Wal-Mart Pulls Children's Jewelry Due to Toxic Chemical

Cadmium Exposure Linked to Lung Disease

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