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Associated Press: Popular Kids’ Trinkets Loaded With Toxic Metal
January 13, 2010, 10:42 am
Filed under: News

Barred from using lead, Chinese makers using more dangerous cadmium
 
By JUSTIN PRITCHARD

Sun., Jan. 10, 2010
LOS ANGELES – Barred from using lead in children’s jewelry because of its toxicity, some Chinese manufacturers have been substituting the more dangerous heavy metal cadmium in sparkling charm bracelets and shiny pendants being sold throughout the United States, an Associated Press investigation shows.

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.

 Read further at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34793600/ns/health-kids_and_parenting/

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