Washington's Department of Ecology states: Cadmium and lead are both soft metals that are highly toxic to people, even at low concentrations. Both cadmium and lead accumulate in bone and soft tissues in the body, remain in the body for a very long time and can cause serious health effects, especially in children.

Product testing by the Washington Department of Ecology revealed high levels of the heavy metals cadmium and lead in several necklaces sold as accessories packaged with a girl’s clothing item. Out of the 27 pieces of jewelry packaged with clothing items that Ecology purchased, five were found to contain more than five percent lead or cadmium. Ecology also tested 132 pieces of children’s jewelry sold separately and did not find them to contain concerning levels of these metals. If you purchased one of the affected products, Ecology recommends returning the item to the store or safely disposing of the necklace.

Detailed information about the health effects of cadmium and lead can be found in the toxicological profiles for cadmium and lead of the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

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