Dangerous lead found in children's jewelry manufactured overseas

Seven pieces of jewelry recently tested by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute showed lead levels exceeding government standards, including one earring with 124 times more lead than allowed. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating.

BY SONYA COLBERG Published: June 25, 2010
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Little girls may love shiny play jewelry, but tests show dangerous metals tarnish those trinkets.

Recent tests on costume jewelry manufactured in foreign countries show lead levels on all pieces exceed the U.S. lead limit.

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Partial list of children's goods recalled earlier:
Daiso children's jewelry (China) excessive levels of lead; Camouflage Pajama Sets (Vietnam) excessive levels of lead; "Hip Charm” Key (China) excessive levels of lead; "It's a Girl Thing” bracelets (China) excessive levels of lead; Children's necklaces with ballet shoes charms (China) excessive levels of lead; Children's Charm Craft Kits (China) excessive levels of lead; "Faded Glory” lip gloss (China) excessive levels of lead; Classic Horseshoe Magnets (China) excessive levels of lead; U-shaped Magnets (China) excessive levels of lead.

SOURCE: HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, TRADE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION HEARING.

Online sources:
→www.cpsc.gov/businfo/leadguide.html

www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/Recalls/default.htm

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