Low-Cost Jewelry Ranks HIGH for Toxic Chemicals

March 13, 2012

Researchers tested low-cost children’s and adult jewelry for chemicals -- including lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, bromine and chlorine (PVC) – which have been linked (in animal and some human studies) to acute allergies and to long-term health impacts such as birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and cancer.

Over half (59%) of the products tested had a “high” level of concern due to the presence of one or more hazardous chemicals detected at high levels. Four products contained over 10% cadmium, a known carcinogen. Fifty percent contained lead, with over half of these containing more than 100 ppm of lead in one or more components, exceeding the Consumer Product Safety Commission limit of lead in children’s products.

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Claire’s  – December 15, 2011
MED
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Claire’s  – December 14, 2011
LOW
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Brand Unknown  – January 24, 2012
LOW
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Target  – December 6, 2011
LOW
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Meijer  – December 12, 2011
HIGH
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Big Lots Stores  – January 24, 2012
MED
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Target  – December 7, 2011
HIGH
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Claire’s  – December 14, 2011
MED
OVERALL
Walmart  – January 17, 2012
HIGH
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Icing  – January 17, 2012
HIGH
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Claire’s  – January 19, 2012
HIGH
OVERALL
Moon Color  – January 26, 2012
HIGH
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Claire’s  – January 27, 2012
HIGH
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Falls Creek  – December 14, 2011
HIGH
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Forever 21  – January 12, 2012
HIGH
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