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Cadmium and Other Metals in Children’s Jewelry 2018, Follow-up Study

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23-03-004January 2023
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Author(s) Nelson, K.
Description The Department of Ecology (Ecology) frequently tests children’s products in support of the Children’s Safe Products Act (CSPA). The CSPA restricts the use of cadmium and lead in children’s products to levels below 40 ppm and 90 ppm, respectively. Manufacturers are required to report the presence of chemicals of high concern to children (CHCCs) in children’s products. Ecology conducts follow-up studies to assess continued compliance.

In 2015, Ecology evaluated cadmium, lead, and five other toxic metals (antimony, arsenic, cobalt, mercury, molybdenum) in children’s jewelry. All jewelry tested contained at least one of the targeted metals. Typically, the highest levels of toxic metals were found in children’s jewelry sold as an accessory with an article of children’s clothing.

In 2018, Ecology conducted a follow-up study to assess compliance for specific jewelry identified in the 2015 study. The project plan outlined additional criteria for selecting products when prioritized jewelry was not available. This included assessing jewelry from the same manufacturer (and same brand when available). Products prioritized for collection included jewelry variety packs, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, jewelry sold with apparel, and a watch.

A total of 38 samples from 33 products were tested. Eleven samples contained cadmium above the 40 ppm restriction limit, and seven samples contained lead above the 90 ppm restriction limit.
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Keywords children's products, CSPA, chemicals of concern, toxics, metals, lead, cadmium, Children's Safe Products Act, CHCC
WEB PAGE Product Testing Data

Assessment of Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products, 2019

Addendum to Quality Assurance Project Plan: Product Testing Program Version 1.0 — Product Testing Follow-up Study 2018-2019

Cadmium, Lead, and Other Metals in Children’s Jewelry