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More Children’s Jewelry Found to Have High Levels of Cadmium

Rudolph bracelet

This “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” bracelet manufactured by Buy-Rite Designs of Freehold, N.J., has high levels of cadmium and should be thrown away.


Hey, Mom! Take those “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” brand children’s Christmas and winter-themed bracelets away from your kids and throw them away.

That’s the latest safety alert from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The charms on the bracelets tested with very high levels of cadmium.

The bracelets, which were sold at dollar stores nationwide, were flagged by the Associated Press in a January story about cadmium in children’s jewelry products.

These bracelets are the second round of children’s metal jewelry recalled by CPSC because of high levels of cadmium. The first was a recall of two “Princess and the Frog” necklaces.

CPSC reiterates that parents and caregivers should not allow young children to be given or to play with cheap metal jewelry, especially when they are unsupervised. Swallowing, sucking on or chewing a metal charm or necklace could result in exposure to lead, cadmium or other heavy metals, which are known to be toxic at certain levels of exposure.

Buy-Rite Designs of Freehold, N.J., The company that made the Rudolph bracelets, has gone out of business. Sorry, no refund.

snowman bracelet

This Bumble Snowman bracelet manufactured by Buy-Rite Designs of Freehold, N.J., has high levels of cadmium and should be thrown away.

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2010: ‘The Year of the Consumer’

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On Wednesday, CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum addressed attendees of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization conference at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. Hear for yourself what she had to say about the agency’s priorities and commitment to consumers by watching the speech.

“When you look at the revitalization that has gone on at the CPSC, state regulators, and advocacy groups, 2010 is shaping up, in my opinion, to be the Year of the Consumer,” Tenenbaum said in her keynote speech.

Tenenbaum also spoke frankly to manufacturers, telling them to work quickly on new crib standards or the agency will act and telling them to take responsibility for defective products.

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Day 4: U.S.-China Consumer Product Safety Summit

US China Summit --Shanghai and Beijing CCCPSC and its counterpart safety agency in China, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ), wrapped up the 3rd biennial Consumer Product Safety Summit today in Beijing. CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum lead the U.S. delegation, which included the agency’s top technical experts and members of CPSC’s Compliance division. 20 U.S. stakeholders participated with the U.S. delegation.

The four-day summit was a platform for CPSC and AQSIQ to make very clear that times have changed. CPSC and AQSIQ put Chinese suppliers and U.S. importers on notice that it is a mistake to depend on good intentions and a few final inspections to ensure compliance with safety requirements.US China Summit --Shanghai and Beijing AACPSC and AQSIQ will push companies to build safety into the product at every stage of the production and the distribution chain,” said Tenenbaum. “Suppliers and importers need to understand that this is now our expectation.”

Tenenbaum said CPSC will hold importers of products into the United States accountable if their products are hazardous or if they violate U.S. product safety requirements. AQSIQ will hold Chinese suppliers responsible for implementing best practices and building U.S. safety standards into their products before they reach U.S. ports.

“Our goal at CPSC is to protect families in and around their homes by ensuring the safety of the products they buy. That’s what this Summit has been about – protecting families,” said Tenenbaum.” The best way to protect families is to build safety standards into products during design and manufacturing.”

The next U.S. China Consumer Product Safety Summit will take place in the U.S. in 2011.

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Day 3: U.S.-China Product Safety Summit

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Day 2: U.S.-China Product Safety Summit

US China Summit ATV Factory and Govt Testing Lab It’s Day 2 of the U.S.-China Consumer Product Safety Summit and ATV safety is on the agenda. ATVs can be a lot of fun to ride, but ATVs are also involved in hundreds of fatalities and more than a hundred thousand injuries each year. We need to reverse the rising death toll associated with these popular recreational vehicles.

Today, Chairman Tenenbaum and 10 CPSC staff members travelled about two hours outside of Wuxi to the industrial city of Taizhou for a firsthand look at a Chinese ATV factory, Jiangsu Linhai Power Machine Group. There was considerable interest by the Chinese media in the visit. The CPSC team toured the factory and had a very informative meeting with the firm’s President Lu Hai Min and Chinese government safety officials.

CPSC officials saw how Linhai tests for emissions, noise, durability, and speed. Chairman Tenenbaum and CPSC staff talked about the importance of building safety into their products.

US China Summit ATV Factory and Govt Testing Lab

One of CPSC’s goals while we’re in China is to make sure Chinese ATV manufacturers such as Linhai know that there is a mandatory performance standard in the U.S. for ATVs which limits speed for youth ATVs, establishes requirements for brakes and stability, and requires warning labels. Additionally, ATV manufacturers or distributors are required to have an action plan that is approved by CPSC before they can bring their ATVs into our ports and sell them to you.

There are more safety rules that CPSC will be working on for ATVs, but the current mandatory standard will be the topic of Friday’s summit meeting in Shanghai.

ATVs are one of six areas being highlighted during the Summit. The others include lead in children’s products, cigarette lighters, fireworks, electrical products, and toys. The CPSC team is also discussing drywall. There have been good discussions with our Chinese counterpart safety agency, AQSIQ, on building U.S. safety standards into consumer products to make them safer for your family. That’s what this Summit is all about – giving you confidence that the products you buy for your family are safe.

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