New Brand of Kid’s Jewelry Recalled by Feds; More To Come

May 11th, 2010 - 10:54 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

May 11 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Children’s jewelry is no stranger to headlines this year, as recall after recall has been issued for the trinkets. Federal regulators are once again expanding their recall to include any kid’s jewelry which contains the poisons metal known as cadmium. They made the announcement on Monday, and added that the “Best Friends” charm bracelets included in the recall will not by any means be last. According to the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission spokesman, Scott Wolfson , “More recall are in the works.”

The new recalls are the result of companies conducting voluntary testing on their products, and found worrisome levels of cadmium, which were then reported to the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission. The actual number of items which are being investigated were not released to the public. In recent weeks, the inspectors which work at ten of the largest ports in America have screened these type of kid’s products for cadmium. Part of the results from these screenings was an entire shipment from China being turned away.

So far the investigation shows items which were sold at “Claire’s” who promised to take the product off of their shelves. The testing done for the Associated Press showed that the “Best Friends” bracelets which were sold at the “Claire’s” stores tested at 91% cadmium. Parents of children who have these types of jewelry are urged to either return the items to the store for a refund, or trash them. “Cadmium is toxic if ingested by children and can cause adverse health effects,” the agency said in its recall announcement.

Claire’s has announced that they will no longer purchase merchandise from Dae Yeon Industries Corp of China, which is where the items came from. “Within weeks of these reports, Claire’s Stores added procedures requiring all of its suppliers to test for cadmium in children’s jewelry,” the company said in a statement. “Claire’s Stores has taken significant steps to ensure that its products meet or exceed all existing safety standards and has responded swiftly and decisively to address the potential risk of cadmium in children’s jewelry.”

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