Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner
In a story appearing on at least 143 news websites, the AP (1/11, Pritchard) reports that recent lab tests have shown "eye-popping levels" of cadmium in children’s jewelry. The metal, which has been linked to cancer and weakened kidneys, "is particularly dangerous for children, because growing bodies readily absorb substances, and cadmium accumulates in the kidneys for decades." Recent research has also determined that children exposed to cadmium "were more likely to report learning disabilities," and that it "lowers IQ even more than lead."
"Just small amounts of chemicals may radically alter development," said Dr. Robert O. Wright, a professor at Harvard University’s medical school and school of public health. "I can’t even fathom why anyone would allow for even a small amount to be accessible."
MSNBC, reports, "There is no definitive explanation for why children’s jewelry manufacturers, virtually all from China in the items tested, are turning to cadmium. But a reasonable double whammy looms: Cadmium prices have plummeted as factories grasp for substitutes now that lead is heavily regulated under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.
That law set a new, stringent standard for lead in children’s products: Only the very smallest amount is permissible — no more than 0.0003 percent of the total content. The statute has led manufacturers to drastically reduce lead in toys and jewelry.
The law also contained the first explicit regulation of cadmium, though the standards are significantly less strict than lead and apply only to painted toys, not jewelry."
According to MSNBC, some of the most dangerously toxic items are "charms sold at Walmart, at the jewelry chain Claire’s and at a dollar store. High amounts of cadmium also were detected in ‘The Princess and The Frog’ movie-themed pendants."
Try to conduct some research before purchasing toys for children. Even low toxicity levels can cause significant, permanent developmental problems. Of course, it is difficult, if not impossible at times, to determine how dangerous some products are, so manufacturers need to put people over profits and be sure they products are safe before they enter the marketplace. Lives are at stake.
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