Cancer Causing Metal Found in Toys in the U.S.

By: Allison Lane

Cadmium, a toxic metal and carcinogenic, was recently found in a high volume of toys imported from China.  This metal has been found in children’s inexpensive jewelry, charms and pendants across the United States.  Stores such as Walmart, Claire’s and other retailers are pulling these items off of the market in an abundance of caution.
Reports have shown that Chinese manufacturers substituted lead for Cadmium in these inexpensive toys and jewelry.  Manufacturers have consistently been scrutinized, and were eventually banned from using lead in children’s toys.  It appears that manufacturers replaced the lead with this inexpensive, yet dangerous metal.  The tests on the products revealed that some of the jewelry had as high as 84-91% of its weight in cadmium. 
One of the largest concerns seems to be how easily the metal rubs off, which could be extremely dangerous to children who put these pieces of jewelry or toys in their mouth.  A child does not need to ingest the cadmium to be at risk.  It can be caused by biting or repeatedly chewing on a product.  It is very disheartening that manufacturers would use this dangerous metal for products that were designed for children. The metal is not only known to cause cancer, but may also hinder brain development, and cause learning disabilities.
This metal originally was used as pigment and for corrosion resistant plating on steel.  Aside from batteries, it is being used less regularly because it is known to cause significant health problems and is hazardous to the environment.  Of the 275 most dangerous substances in the environment, cadmium is number 7. 

If your children have any of these small trinkets, jewelry charms or pendants, please remove them from your children’s possession and call Balkan & Patterson to assist you.


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