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State tests find toxic metals in some children's jewelry

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State regulators have tested dozens of children's jewelry pieces and found high levels of cadmium and lead in five necklaces sold with girls' dresses. State regulators have tested dozens of children's jewelry pieces and found high levels of cadmium and lead in five necklaces sold with girls' dresses.
OLYMPIA, Wash. -

State regulators have tested dozens of children's jewelry pieces and found high levels of cadmium and lead in five necklaces sold with girls' dresses.
    
The Department of Ecology said Tuesday that two necklaces were found to be at least 90 percent cadmium. Cadmium and lead are metals that can cause serious health effects, especially in children. It can be toxic even in low concentrations.
    
The state tested 157 pieces of jewelry. None of the 132 pieces of jewelry sold separately contained concerning levels of heavy metals. Five of the 27 pieces packaged and sold with clothing did.
    
The state has notified the manufacturers that they're in violation of the state's Children's Safe Products Act. They could be required to take action or face penalties.
    
KWDZ Manufacturing spokeswoman Stephanie Reif says the company is looking into it and will do whatever it takes to comply.
    
Messages left with the other companies were not immediately returned.
    
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More info on Ecology Children's Jewelry Testing: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/hwtr/RTT/cspa/jewelryQandA.html

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