Children's Necklaces Recalled Due To Lead Poisoning Hazards

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Director of Public Health Services and Health Officer of Kern County, is advising the public to stop using the following consumer products: "Claire's" necklaces, manufactured in China and imported by Claire's Boutiques Inc., of Hoffman Estates, Illinois; and Children's Mood Necklaces," manufactured in China and imported by Rhode Island Novelty, of Cumberland, R.I. Both importers, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, are voluntarily recalling the products.

These products contain high levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects. This recall involves children's necklaces that have metal pendants shaped as monkeys, dolphins, and frogs holding colored marbles, a fleur de lis painted in various colors, a silver and black fairy, silver-colored letters "BFF" with rhinestones, and tiny handcuffs painted in various colors. The pendants hang from silver-colored chains. "Claire's" or "Claire's best friends forever" is printed on the packaging. The necklaces were sold at Claire's retail stores nationwide from December 2005 through December 2006 for between $5 and $11.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled jewelry away from children and return the product to any Claire's store for a full refund or a free replacement product. For more information, contact Claire's Boutiques at (866) 859-9281, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Saturday; or visit the company's web site at claires.com.

The recalled necklaces are multi-colored pendants shaped as hearts, moons, dolphins, dragonflies, stars and butterflies that hang from a black cord. "Mood Necklace" is printed on the necklace's packaging.

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The necklaces were sold at carnivals, amusement parks, family entertainment centers, and small discount stores nationwide, and through Rhode Island Novelty's web site, www.rinovelty.com, from August 2005 through December 2006 for about $1.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled jewelry away from children. Consumers should return the recalled jewelry to the store where it was purchased or to Rhode Island Novelty for a free replacement jewelry item.

For additional information, contact Rhode Island Novelty at (800) 528-5599, between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday; or visit the company's web site at www.rinovelty.com.

In Kern County, statistics show that a child can also become lead poisoned by:

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