Cadmium and Lead in Jewelry
A recent study (Bioavailability of Cadmium in Inexpensive Jewelry, Weidenhamer, 2011) of 57 jewelry items tested the jewelry under conditions similar to a child mouthing and swallowing the products, to learn if cadmium was released. The researchers concluded that there was "the potential for dangerous cadmium exposures to children who wear, mouth, or accidentally swallow high-cadmium jewelry items." The amount of cadmium coming out of jewelry was not necessarily greater in products with higher cadmium levels.
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Toxic chemicals pervasive in baby products sold in Michigan
Michigan families participated in a study of products designed for newborns, babies, and toddlers which found that 80 percent of products tested contained chemical flame retardants that, while legal, are considered toxic or lack adequate health safety data, according to a peer-reviewed study published in the Environmental Science & Technology Journal. Items tested included car seats, nursing pillows, changing pads, crib wedges, bassinet mattresses and other items made with polyurethane foam.
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