Maine Healthy Children's Project
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Today the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center released its latesst research on toxic chemicals in consumer products -- this time focusing on low-cost children's and adult jewelry. Even if you don't buy jewelry for your kids, if you wear jewelry, or even have a charm on your cell phone or purse, these can end up in your child's hands, and even worse in their mouth. Some items tested were labeled lead-free and were in fact almost 100% lead!
Ninety-nine pieces of jewelry were tested from 14 different retailers, including Target, Big Lots, Claire's, Walmart, and Kohl's. Samples were collected from 6 different states.
Researchers tested for chemicals -- including lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, bromine, and chlorine (PVC) -- which have been linked in animal and some human studies to acute allergies and to long-term health impacts such as birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and cancer. To review the results of this study, visit HealthyStuff.
Lead: 27 of 99 (27%) of jewelry contained greater than 300 ppm lead in one or more components. 300 ppm is the CPSC limit of lead in children's products and 48 of 99 (49%) of jewelry contained detectable levels of lead.
Cadmium: 10 of 99 (10%) of jewelry contained greater than 100 ppm cadmium in one or more components and 47 of 99 (47%) of jewelry contained detectable levels of cadmium.
To review the results of this study, visit HealthyStuff and search by brand, jewelry type, and chemical detected and check out the widget and mobile app! The 5 minute video on the homepage is also worth watching.
Since 2007 researchers at the Ecology Center have performed overr 20,000 tests on 7,000 consumer products, vehicles, back-to-school products, children's toys, and children's car seats.