The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has ordered a voluntary recall of about 137,000 pieces of children’s jewelry that contain toxic levels of cadmium.
The recall involves 19 different styles of children’s metal necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Styles and shapes of the jewelry include hearts, heart locks, butterflies, cupcakes, peace signs and crowns. Some jewelry contains the words “Best”, “Friends” or “Forever” and/or “BFF”.
It is indeed satisfying to note that CPSC is vigilant about such issues and accordingly takes corrective action. But the situation is extremely worrying in not-so-rich developing nations where such products are freely available and playing havoc with the health of children.
Cadmium is toxic if ingested by children and can cause adverse health effects. Similarly in the past there have been a number of reports about the toxic lead levels in children’s toys.
But where are those recalled products going ? — No wonder such recalled/banned products finall land up at the road-side stalls of not-so-advanced nations. The people in such countries are just too excited to find the “foreign” label and there is hardly any awareness about the “toxic” elements present in these products.
Generally when the poor ladies in these countries develop allergic skin reactions around their neck due to such cheap, poor quality necklaces, bangles, rings —they so naively pass on the blame on to the hot and humid weather conditions. These cheap ornaments are removed for a few days —to be again retrieved for a forthcoming festival season hardly realizing that instead of enhancing their beauty, it has to play havoc with their health.
So, let’s stay away from stuff like that ? Have you or your dear ones also got any experience of wearing such jewelry? If yes, then why don’t you also share with all of us.