Toronto, ON, June 11th
Over 329,000 metallic charms that are part of jewelry designed for children were recently recalled in Canada because it contained lead over the allowable limits, according to Health Canada. The charms, manufactured in China, were sold in Canada from January of 2003 through April of this year.
The lead was discovered as part of Health Canada’s sampling and evaluation program. 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. 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, serious brain injury, convulsions, coma, as well as effects related to the liver, kidneys, heart and immune system. In extreme cases, there have been deaths.
“So far this year, there have been a number of imported pieces of children’s jewelry that were recalled due to lead and other heavy metal concerns,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Companies that import, distribute, and retail products from overseas need to be aware of this risk and know they can turn to the consumer product testing experts at EMSL Analytical for heavy metal testing services. With laboratories across the United States and Canada, EMSL offers lead, cadmium, and other material and surface tests.”
To learn more about lead or other consumer product, environmental, health, or safety testing services, please visit www.EMSL.com
, call (800) 220-3675, or email info@EMSL.com
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