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Canada Proposes Lead and Cadmium Limits in Children’s Jewelry

September 23, 2014

Health Canada has proposed new lead and cadmium limits for children’s jewelry, amending the Children's Jewellery Regulations.

The objective of the proposal is to reduce children’s exposure to lead and cadmium, by restricting the total lead concentration in children's jewelry to 90 mg/kg (90 ppm) and the total cadmium concentration to 130 mg/kg (130 ppm) for any children's jewelry that can be totally enclosed in a small parts cylinder (i.e. small enough to be swallowed by a child).

Lead and cadmium are toxic heavy metals which build up in the body and can be harmful to the intellectual development and behavior of children. Children may be exposed to harmful, even fatal amounts of lead if they chew, suck or swallow jewelry made with lead.