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Lead Testing Services

Category Press Release
Publish Date 5/18/2021
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Imported Earrings Recalled Due to Elevated Levels of Lead and Cadmium
Introduction EMSL Canada offers surface, coating, and bulk material testing services to identify lead, cadmium, and other regulated elements and compounds.

Toronto, ON, May 18th, 2021

The sampling and evaluation program from Health Canada recently determined that imported children’s earring sets sold by a large online retailer contain lead and cadmium over the country’s allowable limits. Manufactured in China, the earring sets included 33 pairs and were sold in Canada from April of 2019 through January of this year.

According to the recall notice:

Under the Children's Jewelry Regulations of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, it is illegal to import, advertise or sell jewelry items that appeal primarily to children under 15 years of age and contain more than 90 mg/kg total lead or more than 130 mg/kg total cadmium if the jewelry item is small enough to be totally enclosed in the small parts cylinder when a force of not more than 4.45 N is applied. Lead and cadmium are highly toxic, especially to children. A range of serious health effects have been associated with exposure to lead and cadmium, including anemia, vomiting, diarrhea, severe brain injury, convulsions, coma, and effects related to the liver, kidneys, heart, and immune system. In extreme cases, there have been deaths.

Fortunately, at the time of the recall notice, there had been no reports of incidents or injuries involving the product.

EMSL provides testing services that assist manufacturers, importers, retailers, regulatory agencies, and health advocates across Canada and the United States. EMSL Analytical tests for cadmium, lead, barium, and other regulated elements and compounds. EMSL’s state-of-the-art materials testing laboratory is a leading provider of bulk, surface, and coating analyses utilizing a wide array of techniques. These services can be essential for consumers and for helping companies comply with regulatory requirements.

To learn more about surface, coating, or bulk material testing services provided by EMSL, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675, or email info@EMSL.com.


About EMSL Canada, Inc.
EMSL Canada is an internationally recognized provider of environmental, indoor air quality and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.
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