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Update on Bracelet Recall

Yesterday's recall of 300,000 charm bracelets by Reebok, after the lead-poisoning death of a 4-year-old, was one of three recalls announced Thursday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission that involved metal jewelry because of lead poisoning risks.

Over the past three years, the CPSC has announced 13 recalls of metal jewelry, involving 162 million pieces. And more are likely as the agency continues to enforce its voluntary guidelines, issued a year ago, limiting lead in children's jewelry to no more than 600 parts per million in any component. "This isn't the last lead jewelry recall you will see," said CPSC spokeswoman Julie Vallese.

Vallese said the "sheer numbers of jewelry being pulled off the market" reflect the success of the agency's new enforcement policy. But the agency's critics say the recalls don't go far enough, especially in light of the 4-year-old's death. Lead in children's products, including jewelry and lunchboxes, should be banned, argued Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) in a letter sent to CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton yesterday.

For more details about lead in consumer products and the 4-year-old's death, read my story in today's newspaper.

By  |  March 24, 2006; 12:03 PM ET Consumer News
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I agree with Sen. Obama and I hope it goes into effect. I'll also add any toxic material in any child item, including in girls make-up items.

Posted by: Alex | March 24, 2006 12:50 PM

In Europe Lead and many other potentially toxic compounds have been banned from use in childrens toys for decades.

But they are having problems because big brand names are increasingly sourcing low-value items from places like China and India where such things do not matter.

It is up to the vendor to check!

Posted by: Jeb | March 24, 2006 12:59 PM

I work in the auto industry in the area of new-car wheel balancing.

Europe is rapidly moving toward banning lead automotive wheel-weights. It's not likely a 4-year-old is going to be popping wheelweights.

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