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Nov 062008
 

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

The latest recall of cheap-stuff-from-China-that-we-can’t-seem-to-get-enough-of is rich with irony.

The item being recalled, a two-necklace set containing lead and sold by Claire’s Boutiques for $8, features a yin-yang design in black and white.  The words “Best” and “Friends” are inscribed above the medallion on each necklace. Sadly, it’s another example of how cheap imports from China are not our best friends.

It breaks my heart to think about the little girls whose pocket money would just cover such an item and how they begged their parents to let them buy it for themselves — and their best friends. Lead, as you know, is dangerous for children if ingested or absorbed.

To see the full details on this toxic piece of jewelry see the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

Consider this an early warning for the holiday season, beware the glittery, shiny painted bauble for $8.

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