Friday, January 22, 2010

Beware Of China Products With Toxic Materials

In China, the use of toxic materials to meet cost-cutting measures seems to be an open-secret trade practice. I still remember the massive toy recall issued by Mattel in 2007 due to lead content and the “melamine scare” in milk formula that killed a number of infants in 2008. Both scandals involved China.

This time, their low-cost jewelry makers opted to use cadmium for their shiny and strong properties, notwithstanding the health hazard it would bring. Cadmium is a toxic ingredient known to cause cancer. Experts say that it's even worse than lead.

When asked about the health hazards associated with Cadmium, one of the Chinese manufacturer remarked that he cannot be overly concerned about it. That business is business and it's all up to the client.

This week's investigation by The Associated Press revealed that some Chinese-made children's jewelry sold in the U.S. contained at least 10 percent cadmium, some in the 80-90 percent range. The discovery led to the pull out of the said product from major U.S. retail stores and jewelry shops. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said it would open an investigation regarding the matter.

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