High Levels of Toxic Chemicals Found in Children’s Jewelry

| 3/14/2012 12:19:31 PM

Tags: Ecology Center, Childrens Jewelry, HealthyStuff.org, Toxic Chemicals, Toxic Jewelry, Press Release,

The Ecology Center today released new research on toxic chemicals in low-cost children's and adult jewelry at www.HealthyStuff.org. 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 long-term health impacts such as birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and cancer.

Over half (57%) of the products tested had a "high" level of concern due to the presence of one or more hazardous chemicals detected at high levels. Four products contained over 10% cadmium, a known carcinogen. Fifty percent contained lead, with over half of these containing more than 300 ppm of lead in one or more components, exceeding the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) limit of lead in children’s products.

"There is no excuse for jewelry, especially children's jewelry, to be made with some of the most well studied and dangerous substances on the planet," said Jeff Gearhart, Research Director at the Ecology Center and founder of HealthyStuff.org. "We urge manufacturers to start replacing these chemicals with non-toxic substances immediately."

Ninety-nine pieces of jewelry were tested from 14 different retailers, including: Ming 99 City, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Big Lots, Claire's, Glitter, Forever 21, Walmart, H&M, Meijers, Kohl's, Justice, Icing and Hot Topic. Samples were collected from 6 different states, including Ohio, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Vermont.

HealthyStuff.org measured the presence of these chemicals with an X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer – a proven, accurate indicator of elements in products. Anyone concerned about these jewelry products can visit www.HealthyStuff.org and search by brand, jewelry type and chemical detected.

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