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Toxic chemical found in children's products

As part of enforcement for the Toy Safety Act, an investigation found cadmium in three children's jewelry products.

Posted: Nov 22, 2017 7:37 PM
Updated: Nov 22, 2017 9:52 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Minnesota's Department of Commerce, Department of Health, and Pollution Control agency created a team to lead the investigation. 

The jewelry products were bought from independent retailers off Amazon. 

One product had 89% of cadmium. 

The toxin is a cheap chemical some companies use instead of lead. 

It's been linked to bone damage, kidney damage, and cancer. 

The departments suggest these consumer tips to keep kids safe from unknown dangers in toys:

  1. Buy age-appropriate products. Children products may have stricter regulations than products for adults. 
  2. Look for product information. Don't rely on appearances to know what's in a toy, always look up a product if unsure. 
  3. Keep kids from putting jewelry in their mouths. 
  4. Wash hands. contact from jewelry to mouth can also exposure to toxins. 

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