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Cadmium Regulations Passed by Connecticut and Minnesota

In recent months it has been reported that the hazardous substance Cadmium has been taking the place of Lead in the manufacturing of some childrens jewelry.  Both Cadmium and Lead are proven hazardous materials with many negative health affects associated to each, but as manufacturers attempt to avoid regulations on Lead content they turned to unregulated Cadmium.

After the reports surfaced, in an effort to protect consumers, several states introduced legislation to ban jewelry with high levels of the hazardous metal (essentially regulating Cadmium content).  Two states, Connecticut and Minnesota, have recently passed this legislation and will limit the allowable Cadmium levels in a piece of jewelry to 75 ppm (parts-per-million).  These regulations will affect importers, wholesalers and retails – we have already seen major retail chains (most notably Wal-Mart) pull a variety of tainted childrens jewelry from shelves.

While CPSC reviews methods of testing for Cadmium and Lead content in jewelry (and other goods) to protect consumers; many affected businesses have already turned to X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) to screen their goods.  These organizations choose to have in-house screening to confirm third party test results that goods are within the stated guidelines for both toxic metals.

Quickshot XRF will continue to post updates as information becomes available on XRF’s role in testing, screening and compliance – and any regulatory news that may affect you and your business.


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Stores Pulling Jewelry Due to Cadmium Content

It seems like every other Quickshot XRF-Blog entry lately has either been about Chinese Drywall (handheld systems can identify strontium content and, therefore, defective drywall) or Cadmium levels of jewelry. 
These topics are important, though, so we try to pass along proper updates when we can.

The latest update is on the Cadmium concerns.  While I see daily reports, articles, blog entries, etc on the topic the latest one is from CBS News.  The article notes that a California environmental group has been testing jewelry and finding extreme levels of Cadmium.  The big difference is that while other testing has been on cheap childrens jewelry, this one focused on adult jewelry; items you might not think would contain lead or cadmium.

While their is not currently an law regarding Cadmium levels in jewelry the environmental group is seeking a ban on Cadmium and proposing a lawsuit related to the toxic metal.

jewelry-cadmiumWal-Mart recently pulled product from its shelves after learning of high Cadmium levels and because of the environmental groups testing another major chain pulled product from all of its stores.  Recalls are costly for retailers; they could just test before product hits shelves.

Cadmium awareness is certainly growing.  It will continue to affect retailers, distributors and importers – but hopefully not consumers.  In-house testing of product is simple, fast and relatively inexpensive with Handheld XRF Analyzers from QSX Instruments.

Keep checking back for additional updates, post your thoughts on Cadmium testing or x-ray fluorescence and contact Quickshot XRF anytime.

Cadmium Levels in Childrens Products

There is a new concern for importers, resellers (and of course users of) childrens jewelry…cadmium. 

Regulations on lead content (CPSIA, Proposition-65, etc) in product have increased awareness of the toxic metals negative effects and created a need to substitute lead with another substance.  Unfortunately, a recent report by the Associated Press (AP) states that many Chinese manufacturers of childrens jewelry are replacing lead with cadmium in the manufacturing process. 

Cadmium is no better for children than lead.  In fact, on the Center for Disease Controls list of the 275 most hazardous substances in the environment, Cadmium ranks 7th.  It does not need to be ingested to hinder brain development or cause other health problems in the very young; simply mouthing or sucking on an item containing the toxic metal can lead to development issues.

In the full AP report they note that of 103 products purchased off shelves to test, 12 of them contained over 10% cadmium.  While the lead regulations may have lead to increased amounts of cadmium in product; we have seen both toxic metals present in items since we began testing for hazardous substances.

QSX Instruments will certainly be following any developments and regulatory adjustments that come from this report.  Our Handheld XRF Analyzer with hazardous substance software is popular for lead testing but it can also provide accurate levels of cadmium in childrens jewelry or any other product.