Demand Recall of Toxic Children’s Jewelry

Target: Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman, Elliot F. Kaye

Goal: Issue recall of children’s jewelry products that tested positive for high levels of cadmium and lead.

A study done by the Washington State Department of Ecology found pieces of children’s jewelry containing high levels of cadmium and lead being sold by major retailers. While retailers such as JC Penney have since pulled these products from their shelves, there may be other places where these toxic products continue to be sold. In order to protect young children from unknowingly wearing jewelry that could be toxic to them, it is essential that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issue recalls of all these products.

Cadmium and lead are extremely toxic chemicals that accumulate in the body. Cadmium has been linked to serious conditions including cardiovascular and kidney damage. Meanwhile, lead can adversely affect brain development. According to the Children’s Safe Products Act, products made for kids are not allowed to contain more than 40 parts per million of cadmium. This requirement is extremely important for children’s products because children are much more likely to have direct exposure to toxins due to the increased likelihood that the products are touched, licked, or swallowed.  However, this study found children’s jewelry that tested much higher than the legal limit, including one necklace that was found to be 98 percent cadmium, or 984,000 parts per million.

What is particularly troubling about the high levels of cadmium and lead found in these jewelry products is that they are specifically marketed to children who are already much more vulnerable to the toxicity of these chemicals. While it is excellent that retailers such as JC Penny have ceased selling these products, this does not ensure that the manufacturers of these products have improved their products or have stopped selling them elsewhere. It is essential that more assertive action be taken. Please sign the below petition to demand that the CPSC recall all children’s jewelry found to contain dangerously high levels of toxic chemicals.


Dear Chairman Kaye,

It has been discovered that certain children’s jewelry products contain much higher levels of toxic chemicals such as cadmium and lead than is legally permissible. Some major retailers such as JC Penney have since pulled these products from their shelves. However, in order to ensure that no retailer anywhere is selling these toxic products, it is essential that you and your agency recall all children’s jewelry products that tested positive for high levels of these chemicals.

Cadmium and lead are extremely toxic chemicals that are especially dangerous to children when present in products that children may touch, lick, or swallow. Such direct exposure to these chemicals can be extremely harmful, leading to serious conditions including cardiovascular, immune, reproductive, and brain development problems. In a study done by the Washington State Department of Ecology, a children’s necklace that was on the market was found to be made of 98 percent cadmium, an extremely high and dangerous level. Products such as this must be eradicated from the market.

Ultimately, cadmium and lead are quiet, invisible dangers that need to be vigilantly watched for in products marketed to children. While certain large retailers removing these products from their shelves is a good step in the right direction, it simply isn’t enough to ensure that these dangerous products aren’t being bought and sold. Please make every effort to instate a recall for all of these toxic products in order to protect children from the dangerous chemicals the products contain.


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