Friday, March 12, 2010

NEWS: Cadmium in children's jewelry

Fears grow over cadmium in children’s jewelry

LOS ANGELES — Federal regulators expanded their efforts Thursday to go after children’s jewelry that contains high levels of the toxic metal cadmium by telling parents to throw away “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”themed charm bracelets.

The warning from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission came after agency scientists found that the jewelry released alarmingly high levels of cadmium in lab tests, potentially exposing children to a carcinogen that also can damage kidneys and bones.

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The “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” chain-link bracelets were sold at dollar-type stores
between 2006 and March 2009.

The charms feature characters from the classic Christmas movie, including Rudolph and the abominable

— Associated Press