Safety Commission Cracking Down On Cadmium In Kids' Jewelry

It’s a good thing summer camps are coming up, with their weird seminars on bracelet weaving and whittling rings, because the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has just announced a recall of 19,000 charms sold at Claire’s stores, and says that’s just the beginning.

From the Associated Press:

“More recalls are in the works,” U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission spokesman Scott Wolfson said.

Those recalls would be the result of voluntary testing by companies, some of which have found troubling levels of cadmium and then reported those results to the agency, Wolfson said. He would not say how many products are under scrutiny.

In addition, in recent weeks agency inspectors working at 10 of the nation’s largest ports have screened imports of jewelry for cadmium. In one instance, a shipment of Chinese jewelry was turned away.

“More kids’ jewelry recalls in works” [Associated Press]
“Claire’s Recalls Children’s Metal Charm Bracelets Due to High Levels of Cadmium” [CPSC.gov]