Watch Out For Lead in Your Child's Jewelry

Earlier this year, I told you about lawsuits filed in California by an environmental group who discovered lunch boxes contaminated with lead more than 90 times the legal limit. Some 6 million necklaces and zipper pulls containing high and potentially toxic lead levels have been voluntarily recalled by a California company this week.

The jewelry was made in China and has been sold in grocery and drug stores around the country by Stravina Operating Co. for more than three years.

For the record, this isn't the biggest lead-based toy recall this country has seen by a long shot. Four importers supplying the lion's share of this nation's toy vending machines participating in a recall of 150 million pieces of tainted jewelry last year.

The huge concern: Children are more vulnerable to lead than adults, whose exposure to lead is primarily related to their occupation. And, even low-level exposure has been associated with hypertension,, chronic kidney disease and brain dysfunction in children.

I urge you, for the sake of your family, to learn more about how to avoid lead and other toxins by reviewing my recent and extensive list of tips.

Consumer Products Safety Commission November 30, 2005

MSNBC November 30, 2005

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