Vending Machine Jewelry Poses Lead Poisoning Risk

If your child bought a vending machine necklace for $0.25 this past year, you might want to take it away from him or her and throw it away. According to the CPSC the paint on some of the jewelry (about 900,000 necklaces and bracelets) contains high levels of lead and should not be handled by children.

For additional information, contact Cardinal Distributing Co. Inc. at (800) 368-2062 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at

Speaking generally, cheap jewelry isn’t a good thing to buy for kids. Stay away from jewelry from vending machines, carnivals, etc. We see a lot of lead-poisoning recalls on the CPSC and it’s often for this kind of crap. —MEGHANN MARCO

900,000 Children’s Necklaces and Charm Bracelets Recalled by Cardinal Distributing Co. Due to Lead Poisoning Hazard [CPSC]