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Cadmium and Lead Found in Jewelry Samples in HCM City Shops

March 25, 2014

An investigation by the Ho Chi Minh City (HCM) Market Management Bureau found lead and cadmium in 17,000 Made-in-China jewelry samples retrieved from shops in District 5.  The samples will be destroyed.

Cadmium (Cd), a toxic substance to humans, is heavy metal used in producing paint, industrial coloring, electroplating and it is a corrosion inhibitor. It is also used as a polishing material.

In 2010, HCM City market management seized and destroyed nearly 8,000 products including necklaces, bracelets and rings which contained lead and cadmium.

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