CPSC Warns of Lead Contamination
in Vending Machine Jewelry

July 9, 2004

On July 8, 2004, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of 150 million pieces of toy jewelry sold in vending machines. Approximately one half of the 150 million pieces of jewelry are contaminated with dangerous levels of lead. Lead is toxic to many organs of the body. It is especially dangerous because it can damage the brain and peripheral nerves. Lead can affect anyone, but children are especially at risk because they are still growing rapidly. The recall includes all 150 million pieces because it is difficult to distinguish lead-contaminated jewelry from uncontaminated jewelry.

Contaminated jewelry includes various necklaces, rings and bracelets made in India. These items were sold for $0.25 to $0.75 in malls, discount, department and grocery stores between January 2002 and June 2004. The CPSC recommends that you throw out this jewelry if you find it in your home.

Examples of recalled jewelry.

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