Federal regulators announced yet another recall of children's jewelry because of cadmium, a known carcinogen. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found high levels of the toxic metal cadmium in trinkets that were distributed for free to children at some doctor and dentist offices in the past five years. Nearly 70,000 bracelets and rings distributed by SmileMakers have been recalled.
This is the fourth such recall of cheap children's jewelry in recent months because of cadmium. But this one drips with irony, doesn't it? In this case, kids got the toxic toys at places where they were taken to get healthy.
The charm bracelets have colorful beads and a single metal charm shaped like a butterfly, moon or sun; the rings have a metal football-shaped charm attached to an adjustable metal band. The trinkets were distributed for free at doctor and dentist offices nationwide between June 2005 and March 2010.
The CPSC said parents should throw away the trinkets if they find they have one of the approximately 66,200 "Children's Happy Charm Bracelets" bracelets and 2,200 football rings. The agency has not received any reports of incidents or injuries involving either product.
Check out the official recall notice at: http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml10/10287.html