Lead found in kid’s jewelry across state
SACRAMENTO ” State investigators say they have purchased children’s jewelry at retail outlets across California with unsafe levels of lead.
The items include a pendant from a gumball machine at a Church’s Fried Chicken in Oakland that authorities said was made of nearly solid lead. It had a lead content of 368,000 parts per million.
A new state law limits lead content in metallic material in children’s jewelry to 600 parts per million.
One third of the more than 125 pieces of jewelry tested so far by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control had excessive levels of lead.
State officials have ordered stores, including Macy’s, Dollar Tree and Gap Kids, to take the lead-tainted items off their shelves.