Dangerous Cadmium Replaces Lead in Children’s JewelryBy Home Security Source Jan 16, 2010 | 7:35:00 amPosted in: Child Safety, Family
As stricter regulations are enforced on lead some manufactures have turned to Cadmium -- an equal evil -- as a substitute. New reports have uncovered the prevalence and potential danger of Cadmium, which has been found in cheap children’s jewelry sold throughout the U.S.
Cadmium is a very dangerous substance, especially for young children. It has been shown to be a carcinogen and can stunt brain development. The Centers for Disease Control ranks Cadmium seventh on its list of the 275 most hazards substances in the environment.
However, there is no regulation for Cadmium in jewelry. With no restrictions, retailers and manufactures alike are not required to test for the substance.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission and several U.S. Senators are looking into the dangers of this heavy metal and are expected to put regulations in place to protect consumers. In the meantime, you should be careful about purchasing cheap metal jewelry for your children, especially if it is manufactured in China. Also, follow the news on product recall information. It has been reported that Wal-Mart and Claire’s stores have both taken popular items containing high levels of Cadmium off the shelves.
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