Bracelet charms and pendants in the shape of a heart, the
popular symbol of love and romance found in almost all Valentine’s gifts, may
spell serious trouble for the people you care for.
consumer products, shared this observation after detecting huge quantities of cadmium and lead in some low-cost
bracelets for adolescents and adults with heart-fashioned metal pendants.
17 types of imported jewelry this January for violating the European Union’s
limits for cadmium and lead in jewelry at 0.01 percent and 0.05 percent by
swallowed, if inhaled or if in contact with the skin” and that “lead is harmful
to human health and hazardous to the environment.”
or as pigment or stabilizer in non-metal components.
and Quiapo from P40 to P150 each, eight were found to contain cadmium in the
range of 15% to 32%, and lead from 3.5% to 36%.
small enough for young children to swallow by mistake,” said Thony Dizon,
Coordinator of the EcoWaste Coalition’s Project Protect.
the M&M chocolate candies,” he said.
these attractive articles or their components to land on children’s curious
hands. Cadmium and lead can enter their
developing bodies when they place their hands or objects in their mouths,” he
a real safety issue, especially if chewed, sucked or swallowed by young
children, which can result in the absorption of dangerous levels of cadmium or
lead, Dizon pointed out.
Jarnell Brown from Minnesota, USA who passed away in 2006 few days after
swallowing by accident a heart-shaped charm of a leaded bracelet.
neurotoxin that is toxic even at very low levels of exposure can bring about
learning disabilities, behavioral problems, organ failure and even death.
of Environment and Natural Resources “to potentially pose unreasonable risk to
public health, workplace, and the environment.”
EcoWaste Coalition urged the authorities to regulate toxic metals in jewelry as
they do in Europe and the USA and impose a labeling requirement to help consumers
identify which products are compliant and safe.
is a concrete proof that it’s possible to make products free of these toxic
metals,” the EcoWaste Coalition said.