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.