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Time: Heavy Metal
July 6, 2010, 10:55 am
Filed under: News

By Tiffany O’Callaghan Monday, Jul. 12, 2010
 
Over the past six years, The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled more than 180 million pieces of metal jewelry that contained dangerous levels of lead, and in August 2009 it lowered the acceptable amount of lead in children’s jewelry to 300 parts per million (0.03%). But the progress in regulating lead appears to have propelled manufacturers to use another toxic metal, cadmium.

In January of this year, an Associated Press investigation revealed that many cheap metal pendants and bracelets manufactured in China contained dangerous levels of cadmium — prolonged exposure to which has been shown to cause kidney disease, severe bone loss and even lung cancer — with many products consisting of 84% to 90% cadmium. Since that report, the CPSC has issued three recalls for jewelry items, all of which were marketed to young children and cost $1 to $12. McDonald’s recently announced a recall of 12 million Shrek-themed glasses after an anonymous tip to a California congresswoman resulted in tests showing that they contained cadmium.

Read the article at http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2001002,00.html

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