Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
More than half of all low-cost jewelry on the market in the U.S.–including jewelry intended for children–contains toxic chemicals and heavy metals, a new study by the Michigan-based Ecology Center has found. The study found lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, bromine, and chlorine (PVC) in the jewelry they analyzed. These substances have been linked in animal and some human studies to acute allergies as well as long-term health impacts such as birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and cancer.
“Toxic jewelry is a symptom of the complete failure of our federal chemical regulatory system,” said Jeff Gearhart, research director at the Ecology Center and founder of HealthyStuff.org, in a statement. ”Our children will never be safe until we reform our chemical laws to ensure products are safe before they arrive on store shelves.”
Visit HealthyStuff.org for a more detailed report on which chemicals were most often found in low-cost jewelry.
Image: Child’s bracelet, via Shutterstock.
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Thursday, July 14th, 2011
A Consumer Product Safety Commission panel voted Wednesday to lower the allowable levels of lead in toys made for children under 12. The new standard, which takes effect next month, will require toys to be 99.99 percent lead-free, compared to the current standard of 99.97 percent.
The new limit is one of the lowest in the world, but the vote was split 3-2, along the panel’s party lines. As The Associated Press reports:
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Proponents say there’s no known safe level of lead, which can cause irreversible brain damage, learning disabilities, and other problems such as aggressive behavior. With its vote, the agency decided that it is “technologically feasible’’ for manufacturers in the United States and overseas to make products that meet the lower lead standard.
“As a result of the commission’s decision today, consumers can rest assured that lead should be virtually nonexistent in toys and other children’s products,’’ said commission chairwomen Inez Tenenbaum, a Democrat.
The panel’s Republicans, Nancy Nord and Anne Northup, criticized the decision, saying the amount of allowable lead is essentially trace levels.
(image via: http://babydickey.com/)