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More issues with childrens items from China?

LOS ANGELES — Moving swiftly, U.S. product safety authorities say they are launching an investigation into the presence of the toxic metal cadmium in children's jewelry imported from China after disclosure of lab tests showing that some pieces consisted primarily of the dangerous substance.

The promise to "take action as quickly as possible to protect the safety of children" followed by hours the release Sunday of an Associated Press investigative report that documented how some Chinese manufacturers have been substituting cadmium for lead in cheap charm bracelets and pendants being sold throughout the United States.

Meantime, the head of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the agency that regulates children's jewelry and toys, was set to deliver a speech Tuesday to Asian manufacturers emphasizing that American regulators are still scrutinizing jewelry contents now that they've barred the use of lead.


Asked by AprilDJC at 9:23 AM on Jan. 11, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • I'm so sick of this stuff....WHY DO WE DO SO MUCH BUSINESS WITH CHINA?!!! Last I heard they were STILL a COMMUNIST COUNTRY!!! They are KILLING US FROM WITHIN!!!! *trojan horse*

    Answer by Carey2006 at 1:05 AM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • 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.

    Wolfson said the agency would study the test results, attempt to buy the contaminated products and "take appropriate action."

    The jewelry testing was conducted by chemistry professor Jeff Weidenhamer of Ashland University in Ohio, who over the past few years has provided the CPSC with results showing high lead content in products that were later recalled. Wolfson acknowledged the agency had worked closely with Weidenhamer.


    Answer by AprilDJC at 9:24 AM on Jan. 11, 2010

  • 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.

    To determine how much cadmium a child could be exposed to, items are bathed in a solution that mimics stomach acid to see how much of the toxin would leach out after being swallowed.

    Weidenhamer's lab work for AP assessed how much cadmium was in each item. Overall, 12 of the 103 items each contained at least 10 percent cadmium. Two others contained lower amounts, while the other 89 were clean.

    His test results include:

    — Three flip flop bracelet charms sold at Walmart contained between 84 and 86 percent cadmium. The charms fared the worst of any item on the stomach acid test; one shed more cadmium in 24 hours than what

    Answer by AprilDJC at 9:25 AM on Jan. 11, 2010

  • World Health Organization guidelines deem a safe exposure over 60 weeks for a 33-pound child. The bracelet was purchased in August 2008. The company that imported them, Florida-based Sulyn Industries, stopped selling the item to Wal-Mart Corp. in November 2008, the firm's president said. Wal-Mart would not comment on whether the charms are still on store shelves, or how many have been sold. Sulyn's president, Harry Dickens, said the charms were subjected to testing standards imposed by both Wal-Mart and federal regulation — but were not tested for cadmium.

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    Answer by AprilDJC at 9:26 AM on Jan. 11, 2010

  • I agree carey2006. People say its too hard to find safe toys for their kids. That's so not true, it just takes a little more work. There are still other countries that produce safe toys (Germany, Spain, even the USA.) You just have to LOOK.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 9:33 AM on Jan. 12, 2010