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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Children's Jewelry Recall

By January 30, 2010

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Children's Jewelry Recalls - Photo courtesy of the CPSCAbout 55,000 children's metal necklaces have been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and FAF Inc. because they contain high levels of cadmium, which "is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects."

The recalled necklaces were made in China and sold at Walmart from November 2009 through January 2010 for $5 and include Disney "The Princess and the Frog" crown and frog pendants. The recalled necklaces can be returned to Walmart for a refund or replacement.

Keep in mind that this type of inexpensive children's jewelry has long been a safety hazard to kids -- first from a risk of lead poisoning and now because of other toxic metals, including cadmium, antimony and barium.

To keep kids safe, parents should avoid buying new cheap metal jewelry for your kids, check older jewelry to make sure it hasn't been recalled, and encourage kids who do play with cheap metal jewelry to avoid putting the jewelry in their mouths, since chewing, sucking on, or swallowing a piece of children's jewelry is the main way that your child will be harmed by any hazardous metals that they may have been made with.

CPSC Alert - FAF Inc. Recalls Children's Necklaces Sold Exclusively at Walmart Stores
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May 11, 2010 at 10:06 am
(1) Anita says:

I import jewelry from China. Even though the factories tell me that they do not contain lead and other harmful substances – I test them. I ALSO FIND IT IRONIC THAT I HAVE TO BUY THESE TESTS FROM CANADA – WHERE THEY ARE READILY AVAILABLE – NO SO HERE IN THE US. Testing anything going into the hands of children is a responsibility that importers need to do – and pay for – not the goverment. However it is clear they do not. SO PARENTS – BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU BUY – AND NOT JUST IN JEWELRY!!. It is a shame that these importers who mark up this jewelry over 10 times – do not care enough about children’s safety to check the contents of the jewelry they are selling. If I may take this moment I would like to warn PARENTS AND CARETAKERS of even a LARGER WORRY. REPORTERS – INVESTIGATE! MORE AND MORE FOOD PRODUCTS ARE MADE IN CHINA! MOST ALL THE NOVELTY CANDY YOU SEE IN THE CHECK OUT LINE AND STORES IS MADE IN CHINA – NOT JUST THE PACKAGE BUT THE CANDY ITSELF. IT IS NOT NOT NOT REGULATED BY THE FDA BECAUSE IT IS NOVELTY – BUT YOU ARE FEEDING IT TO YOU KIDS!!! IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT WHAT IS IN JEWELRY THAT YOUR KIDS MAY SWOLLOW – WHAT DO YOU THINK IS IN THAT CANDY YOU ARE LETTING THEM EAT????? LOOK ON THE SHELF AT THE STORES – PICK UP AND READ WHERE IT IS MADE. CANDY TAKES WATER – WITH POLLUTION AND LEAD IN WATER IN CHINA – WHAT DO YOU THINK GOES INTO the CANDY? NOT TO MENTION OTHER HEAVY METALS AND EVEN WORSE. CHINA DOES NOT CARE ABOUT OUR KIDS HEALTH – AND THE FDA IS DOING NOTHING NOTHING TO regulate IMPORTED FOODS. I have not let my kids or family eat ANYTHING made in China for the last 10 years… THINK ABOUT IT. Look at ALL THE FOODS starting to pop up from China – I am AMAZED. Start reading ALL your labels. It would seem I am going to have to mount a one-woman campaign on this if the media does not get the truth out about what we are letting our kids eat – wear – BEFORE the damage is done.

May 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm
(2) Elizabeth says:

Thanks Anita for your passion and willingness to speak out. On a related note “Toys that harm your children,” I have published a photo album on my Facebook page documenting hundreds of toys, candy and clothing *for children* that are highly sexualized. It’s quite frightening what dangerous garbage many corporations will sell to us with no remorse.


May 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm
(3) Elizabeth says:

Very sorry, a broken URL above. You will have to paste the link in to see the album I reference.

Good luck in your work – and contact me if you want any help on your goal to alert parents!

August 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm
(4) Gloria says:

Anita, I also make jewelry and am concerned about the safety of the materials used, especially in children’s jewelry. Can you send me your source for the testing products you purchase from Canada? Thank you.

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