I’m just passing this news along without comment:
Headline at abcnews.go.com
Toxic Metal in Kids’ Jewelry From China
With lead use barred, tests reveal toxic cadmium in children’s
jewelry from China"
Two quotes from the article:
“The most contaminated piece analyzed in lab testing performed for
the AP contained a startling 91 percent cadmium by weight. The
cadmium content of other contaminated trinkets, all purchased at
national and regional chains or franchises, tested at 89 percent, 86
percent and 84 percent by weight.”
…“If the products were painted toys, they would face a recall. If
they were industrial garbage, they could qualify as hazardous waste.
But since there are no cadmium restrictions on jewelry, such items
are sold legally.”