Report finds toxic chemicals in low-cost jewelry


The Ecology Center released new research finding toxic chemicals in low-cost children's and adult jewelry.

Researchers tested for chemicals - including lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, bromine and chlorine - which have been linked in animal and some human studies to acute allergies and to long-term health problems, such as birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity and cancer.

More than 50% of the products tested had a "high" level of concern due to presence of one or more hazardous chemicals detected a high levels.

Ninety-nine pieces of jewelry were tested from 14 different retailers, including: Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Big Lots, Claire's, Glitter, Forever 21, Walmart and H&M. Samples were collected from 6 different states, including Ohio, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Vermont.

For more on the study done by the Ann Arbor group, HealthyStuff.org, visit their website.