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Connecticut Passes Act Concerning Cadmium Levels in Children’s Jewelry

July 28, 2014

The state of Connecticut has passed Act No.14-140 concerning cadmium levels in children’s jewelry, delaying the effective date of the Connecticut cadmium in children’s jewelry statute, which prohibits the sale, manufacture, and distribution of any children's jewelry containing more than 75 ppm cadmium from July 2014 to July 2016.

Act No.14-140 also requires the establishment of a task force to study safety thresholds pertaining to cadmium in children’s jewelry. A report must be submitted to the General Assembly by January 15, 2015.

The act defines “Children’s Jewelry” as jewelry, including charms, bracelets, pendants, necklaces, earrings or rings, and any component thereof, that is designed or intended to be worn or used by children 12 years of age or younger.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), cadmium is a soft, malleable, bluish white metal found in zinc ores. Cadmium and its compounds are highly toxic, and exposure to this metal is known to cause cancer and targets the body's cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, neurological, reproductive, and respiratory systems.