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Heavy metals in children's jewelry

posted Feb 24, 2010, 7:07 PM by Mir Atta M. Talpur   [ updated Feb 24, 2010, 7:40 PM ]
Do you know children's jewelry and toys may contain heavy metals and when they use or play with these items, heavy metals can transfer to their bodies and cause all kinds of health problems they are infamous for. A recent study commissioned by Associated Press demonstrates that some manufacturers are now using cadmium in lieu of lead in children's jewelry. 

US Congress now aim to stop this by banning the use of toxic heavy metals, including cadmium, in children's jewelry. However, its still a long way until the children's jewellry and toys will be totally free from heavy metals.  Usually when laws are formed, their implementation may take few years to a decade or more. And that too for those countries who are making such laws now. What about those countries who do not have any such laws or if law is there, that is not implemented in letter and spirit? 

Don't be surprised if you find heavy metal in your own child's body due to jewelry they wear or toys they play with. 

Using X-ray florescence, when items were screened for presence of cadmium it was found that some of these items contained 10% cadmium to 91%. In one such study a necklace pendant contained 79% cadmium!  

Cadmium is a toxic metal that is classified as a probable human carcinogen by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The primary hazard of chronic cadmium exposure is kidney damage, however recent research also links cadmium exposure to learning disabilities and loss of IQ in young children. The World Health Organization estimates the tolerable weekly intake for cadmium to be 7 micrograms per kg body weight per week.

To check if your child has been exposed to heavy metals you may use Heavy Metals Screen Test. For perfect monitoring of kids health, one may keep checking children periodically using HMST.

  • Detailed news about US Congress considering ban of cadmium in children's jewelry. More details can be read on this page.
  • Perfectly legal: Toxic cadmium, up to 91%, added to kids' jewelry as China gets lead out. Read full report