Bid to Root Out Lead Trinkets Falters in U.S.

Author: Eric Lipton & Louise Story, New York Times, Published on: 6 August 2007

Despite a two-year effort to eliminate the threat of poisonous lead in inexpensive children’s jewelry, hundreds of thousands of tainted items are still being sold across the United States, the federal government has found... [O]f the 17.9 million pieces of jewelry items pulled from the market since the start of 2005, 95 percent were made in China... Federal officials said...that they needed more enforcement powers, like the ability to impose fines or even criminal charges against repeat offenders... [L]ast year, Jarnell Brown, a 4-year-old..., swallowed a heart-shaped charm that had been given away by Reebok International [now part of adidas-Salomon] as a sales incentive... Jarnell died after suffering vomiting, seizures and respiratory arrest... A&A Global Industries [is] a supplier of...knick-knacks stored...in vending machines nationwide at stores like Wal-Mart, Toys “R” Us, Safeway and Kmart [part of Sears]... [Its] Groovy Grab bracelets contained lead at a level more than 100 times above the limit, leading to an April recall of 4 million bracelets... [Charms containing lead distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (part of News Corp)] were imported by Corporate Images...and manufactured at a factory called ChengXing Hardware Ornament Factory... [includes responses by A&A Global Industries, 20th Century Fox; also refers to Mattel, Juicy Couture (part of Liz Claiborne), Really Useful Products]

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Related companies: 20th Century Fox (part of 21st Century Fox) A&A Global Industries adidas Juicy Couture (part of Authentic Brands Group) Kmart (part of Sears) Liz Claiborne (part of J.C. Penney) Mattel Reebok (part of adidas) Safeway USA (part of Albertsons) Sears Toys R Us Walmart