MJSA encourages members to take precautionary steps
MJSA noted that cadmium is mostly found in non-precious, white-metal alloys for cast costume jewelry, and in some solders. It also said that most solder and lead-free alloys now used in
However, experts interviewed by the AP in Yiwu, a city that dominates
Cadmium ranks seventh on the
The CPSC announced Jan. 10 that it was launching an investigation “to take action as quickly as possible to protect the safety of children.” Several state officials and federal legislators also vowed to take quick action to ban cadmium in children’s jewelry.
MJSA said in its alert that there are currently no specific cadmium restrictions on jewelry. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), enacted in 2008, does regulate cadmium in painted toys, and the CPSC has the power to target cadmium based on the Federal Hazardous Substances Act.
MJSA advised its members to require all suppliers of non-precious, white-metal alloys for cast costume jewelry or solders to provide documentation concerning cadmium content (if any), and to consider third-party testing to confirm assurances of safe levels.
In a survey of four labs currently accredited by the CPSC to test jewelry for lead content, MJSA found that testing for cadmium content is a similar process as that for lead and is available at comparable cost. The labs expect that if the
For more information, call MJSA at 1-800-444-6572 or visit www.mjsa.org.