Home Health Parents News Now California to Sue Kids' Jewelry Companies for Lead Violations California to Sue Kids' Jewelry Companies for Lead Violations By Holly Lebowitz Rossi July 20, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_107289116 29772 State investigators uncovered hundreds of lead-laced trinkets marketed to children and adults, including some pieces contaminated with lead levels more than 1,000 times the legal state limit. The state was expected to file a lawsuit Tuesday against 16 companies — retailers, wholesalers, suppliers and distributors — doing business in Los Angeles and elsewhere. The companies are accused of violating lead standards and engaging in deceptive practices by falsely advertising tainted jewelry as lead-free. For the past three years, inspectors at the state Department of Toxic Substances Control conducted spot checks at stores and factories, zapping necklaces, earrings, hair clips and tiaras with hand-held X-ray devices to check for lead. Items with high lead content were then shipped to a laboratory for detailed analysis. Jewelry items containing the toxic metal were mostly inexpensive. Image: Girl's bracelet, via Shutterstock. By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment California to Sue Kids' Jewelry Companies for Lead Violations Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.