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Children's Products May Contain Hazardous Metals

Children’s products such as rain coats, hair barrettes and jewelry may contain "worrisome levels" of potentially hazardous metals, according to a series of tests performed by Consumer Reports.

Cadmium and lead levels are the focus of the report, which is based on tests of more than 30 products. Lead has drawn attention from product safety advocates for years. Cadmium has become a larger concern more recently.

CNN reports:

“... [L]ead levels in a green clover-shaped cell phone charm sold at the retailer Claire's ‘caused the greatest concern.’ The charms tested by the magazine contained 100,000 parts per million of total lead -- a quantity that would be illegal if it were considered a children's product.”

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