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Jewelry with lead levels exceeding the amount allowed under state law was recently discovered in warehouses in southern California. While some of the jewelry was labeled lead free, an analysis by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control's Environmental Chemistry Laboratory showed some of the jewelry contained lead that exceeded California's regulatory limit.

For example, DTSC discovered children's wooden angel pendant necklaces that contained 736,000 parts per million lead (nearly 74% lead). Another example is an adult turquoise stone pendant necklace that contained 710,000 parts per million. The jewelry includes items with religious images such as medallions and crosses.

Distributors are asked to voluntarily remove the products from the shelves. Consumers should return any of these items to the place of purchase and to keep them away from children.

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Resources:
County of San Diego Childhood Lead Pollution Prevention Program
Frequently Asked Questions About Lead in Jewelry
Fact Sheet on California's Lead-Containing Jewelry Law
US EPA Fact Sheet  - Lead