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KDKA-TV: Cadmium a danger in kids' jewelry

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Chinese manufactures have been barred from using lead in children's jewelry because of toxicity.

However, there are new reports that the Chinese have substituted lead for a metal that's even more dangerous.

As a result, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating because doctors say cadmium is a known carcinogen.

"It's in many different areas of manufacturing, in different pigments and ceramics and different paint coatings, in electronics. The largest exposure to the United States population is in cigarette smoke. Anyone who smokes cigarettes has a massive exposure to cadmium on a daily basis," Dr. Fred Harchelroad said.

But, we're talking about children's jewelry where the pieces in question had a startling amount of cadmium at levels as high as 91 percent by weight.

Cadmium is a heavy metal. It is used in the manufacturing process of many different things, including batteries.

That heavy metal is impossible for the body to get rid of and physicians at Allegheny General Hospital said that is the biggest safety concern.

To read more, visit the KDKA-TV web site.

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