In todays safe family report.... Keeping your kids safe.
First it was lead in toys....
Now there are worries your children are being exposed to another toxic metal.
Cadmium, a substance known to cause cancer, is showing up in children's jewelry imported from China.
The nation's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, has now taken these products off the shelves.
Manufaturers were barred in 2008 from using lead in children's toys. Now an AP investigation shows another inexpensive dangerous metal.... Cadmium is being substituted in children's jewelry and going undetected.
It's a nasty toxic metal and has no place in children's toys. None.
The AP broght more than 100 pieces of children's jewelry made in China, and sold at Walmart and other retailers around the country. 12 percent of the trinkets contained at least 10% cadmium but Disney's Princess and the Frog pendants came in between 25 to 35 percent cadmium...
It really is appalling to find it at this level in products for children. There's research that it can cause learning disabilities and loss of IQ.
It's outrageous that an industry that's been told they can no longer use a toxic chemical like lead in products, turns to another toxin cadmium, a known carcinogen to use in the same products.
The consumer product safety commission issued a statement, saying the agency is moving swiftly to prevent foreign manufacturers of children's jewelry from substituting high levels of Cadmium and other heavy metals in place of lead.
CPSC is also investigating the jewelry cited.
American manufacturers, whether they make their product in Bayonne or Bejing have a responsibility to keep toxic substances out of the hands of our children.