U.S. Seeks Limits on Cadmium for Toys and Jewelry
2011-11-28
Retailers like Dress Barn and Claire’s Boutiques recalled necklaces, earrings and bracelets this year after finding the products contained cadmium. The restaurant chain McDonald’soffered $3 refunds in June to customers who bought “Shrek” drinking glasses with high levels of cadmium in the paint.

Months of testing indicated danger to children from swallowing small amounts of cadmium, according to the research letters, which were sent to representatives of the Toy Industry Association and the Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Trade Association who lead the panels that set safety standards.

The commission had been seeking industry comment on possible rules to limit cadmium levels in consumer products.Once cadmium is ingested, it remains in the body, particularly in the kidneys and liver, for years, according to a commission’s staff report, which was also included with the letters.Cadmium, used in batteries and metal coatings, can cause lung disease through brief inhalation of high concentrations.