Skip to main content
Accessibility  |  Contact  |  Privacy  |  Terms of Service

Stopping the Use of Cadmium in Children's Jewellery

  • Published: 2010-10-19 (Revised/Updated 2017-11-06) : Author: Health Canada
  • Synopsis: Government of Canada Calls on Industry to Voluntarily Stop the Use of Cadmium in Childrens Jewellery.

Main Document

"Testing by Health Canada has found cadmium may be increasingly substituted for lead in inexpensive jewellery."

Government of Canada Calls on Industry to Voluntarily Stop the Use of Cadmium in Children's Jewellery

Today, the Government of Canada took action to protect the health and safety of children by appealing to members of industry to voluntarily stop production, importation and sale of children's jewellery made with the intentional use of cadmium or cadmium-containing materials.

"The health and safety of Canadian children continues to be a top priority for our Government" said the Honorable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health.

"I strongly urge industry to act in the interest of the well-being of children and to stop using this toxic heavy metal in children's jewellery."

Testing by Health Canada has found cadmium may be increasingly substituted for lead in inexpensive jewellery.

While there is no known risk to health from simply wearing jewellery made with high levels of cadmium, Health Canada's risk assessment has concluded that there is foreseeable potential for sucking, chewing or swallowing of such jewellery which may lead to serious health effects from cadmium exposure.

Health Canada will continue to closely monitor compliance with this request for voluntary action. If no improvement is found, then mandatory requirements may be introduced via the federal regulatory process.

In June 2010, the Government introduced Bill C-36, the proposed Canada Consumer Safety Act.

If passed into law, the Act would modernize the government's approach to consumer product safety and include new measures, such as the ability for Health Canada to order mandatory product recalls of unreasonably hazardous consumer products and the mandatory reporting of incidents or deaths for all consumer products in Canada.

Similar Topics

1 : MS Society of Canada Urges Members of Parliament to Act to Improve #LifeWithMS : MS Society of Canada.
2 : The Health Price You Pay for Consuming Sugary Drinks : Heart and Stroke Foundation.
3 : Raising Awareness of the Canadian Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) : Employment and Social Development Canada.
4 : Greater Access to Copyrighted Print Materials for Canadians With Visual Impairments and Print Disabilities : Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.
5 : New Canadian Video Relay Service For People with Hearing Disability : Canadian Administrator of VRS (CAV), Inc..
From our Canada Disability News section - Full List (92 Items)

Submit disability news, coming events, as well as assistive technology product news and reviews.

Loan Information for low income singles, families, seniors and disabled. Includes home, vehicle and personal loans.

Famous People with Disabilities - Well known people with disabilities and conditions who contributed to society.

List of awareness ribbon colors and their meaning. Also see our calendar of awareness dates.

Blood Pressure Chart - What should your blood pressure be, and information on blood group types/compatibility.

1 : Fighting My Cancer as Much as Possible - Why Many Patients Join Phase 1 Clinical Trials
2 : Social Stigma Can Stand in the Way of Food Insecurity Screening
3 : Being a Clone of Itself May Make Toenail Fungus Vulnerable to New Treatments
4 : How Often Do Medical Problems Lead to Bankruptcy?
5 : Videocamp Launches $400,000 Fund and Challenges Filmmakers to Create a Film About Inclusive Education


Disclaimer: This site does not employ and is not overseen by medical professionals. Content on Disabled World is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. See our Terms of Service for more information.

Reporting Errors: Disabled World is an independent website, your assistance in reporting outdated or inaccurate information is appreciated. If you find an error please let us know.