Judy Braiman, consumer activist, in Rochester, N.Y., Jan. 13 with a "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" bracelet in front of the store where she purchased the item in November. Bracelets sold at the store were measured at between 82 and 91 …
Updated: Wednesday, 13 Jan 2010, 4:47 PM CST
Published : Wednesday, 13 Jan 2010, 4:47 PM CST
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The country's top product safety regulator is warning parents and caretakers to take cheap metal jewelry away from children out of concern they may be exposed to toxic heavy metals like lead and cadmium.
Inez Tenenbaum, the chairman of the
Consumer Product Safety Commission writes in a blog, to be posted Wednesday evening, "Do not
allow young children to be given or to play with cheap
metal jewelry, especially when they are unsupervised."
In making the recommendation, she cites an investigation by The Associated Press, which reported high cadmium levels in items including bracelet charms from Walmart and Claire's.
Lead and cadmium can hinder brain development in young children, according to research.