CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum recently released a statement urging parents, grandparents, and caregivers to prevent young children from wearing or playing with cheap metal jewelry. Children’s jewelry has been repeatedly found to contain lead, cadmium and or other dangerous heavy metals. An AP story alerted us all that cadmium is turning up more often in children’s jewelry since the CPSIA banned the use of lead in children’s products.

Tenenbaum warned manufacturers against the use of heavy metals, particularly cadmium, in a keynote speech that was delivered Tuesday at the APEC Toy Safety Initiative/Dialogue in Hong Kong.

For this reason, we urge parents to continue to check recalls listed on the CPSC web site as well as prevent children from playing with cheap metal jewelry. Cadmium has also been found in children’s vinyl products.