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.

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