In January of this year, cadmium was found in children's jewelry purchased at Wal Mart, Claire's, and a Dollar N More store. It was found that approximately 12% of the pieces tested contained a high level of cadmium. Most notably, some of Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" jewelry had cadmium. Children usually play with jewelry in their mouth. In addition, even if your child doesn't, she probably touches it often. Cadmium can then be ingested when she puts her hand in her mouth as most young children often do.
This month, there is another bombshell. Cadmium was found in teen and adult jewelry. Most of the jewelry shown to have high levels of cadmium was manufactured in China. However, some pieces came from India as well. A consumer environmentalist group, the Center for Environmental Health (www.ceh.org) found that approximately 7% of the pieces it tested contain high levels of cadmium, some up to 91% of the total weight of the item. The jewelry tested was obtained from various stores including Justice, Catherine's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Aeropostale.
Many of you may wonder what to do next. The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recommended that you throw away all of your children's cheap metal jewelry. If your child has any of the known affected jewelry, dispose of it immediately. If you would like to know if your child's jewelry is filled with cadmium, you can test it. Test kits can be found at www.cadmiumtestkit.com.