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E-M:/ More on lead in consumer products: Lead in kid's jewelry

Enviro-Mich message from Tracey Easthope <tracey@ecocenter.org>

This news report from yesterday details a study conducted by the University of North Carolina that found high levels of lead in children's jewelry purchased at major retailers. Many of those retailers have outlets in Michigan including Wal-Mart, Target, and Nordstroms

Posted on Sun, Dec. 12, 2004

Lead in jewelry cited as hazard

A study found that daily contact could cause brain damage - even take off IQ
points - in children.
By Andrew Shain
Knight Ridder News Service

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Some jewelry that children get from the nation's largest retailers could cause brain damage and even wipe points from their IQ, researchers have found.

A majority of bracelets, rings, necklaces and earrings bought from big chain
stores leached enough lead to cause minor neurological damage with just 20
seconds of daily contact, according to a University of North Carolina at
Asheville study that will be published next month in the Bulletin of
Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.

Most of the jewelry tested was aimed at children, researchers said.

One ring leached lead at 250 times the federal limit of daily exposure in
children younger than 3.


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