USA: Chinese Jewelry “Poisonous”


The USA has condemned Chinese manufacturers for responding to a ban on lead in children’s toys by replacing it with cadmium, potentially even more toxic.

The US recently attempted to effect a ban on the import of poisonous toys, imported from China and frequently containing high concentrations of lead, but the response of Chinese manufacturers has simply been to substitute lead with other toxic heavy metals, rather than actually stop using toxic materials altogether as was presumably desired.

The US government’s top consumer watchdog, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, was outraged by recent media reports that cheap jewelry for children, sold at such stores as Walmart and supplied from China, was found to contain as much as 91% cadmium.

They warned parents against buying metal jewelry for their children in no uncertain terms:

“I have a message for parents, grandparents and caregivers: Do not allow young children to be given or to play with cheap metal jewelry, especially when they are unsupervised.

We have proof that lead in children’s jewelry is dangerous and was pervasive in the marketplace. To prevent young children from possibly being exposed to lead, cadmium or any other hazardous heavy metal, take the jewelry away.”

The retailers concerned have withdrawn the offending items from sale, but imports are unaffected, and naturally China’s factories continue to uphold their famous reputation for quality.

Democrats were quick to jump on the China-bashing bandwagon:

“It is just despicable that a manufacturer anywhere, in this case in China, would use something that’s known to be poisonous to children and put it in children’s jewelry to save a few bucks.”

Cadmium has long been known to be highly toxic, usually as an industrial pollutant; Japan’s notorious “Itai-itai disease,” a condition which killed and deformed thousands for many decades, was found to be caused by cadmium contamination.

It seems the complete lack of scruples displayed by Chinese manufacturers, and the willingness of American consumers and retailers to place price before safety, is truly a match made in hell.

Via AP.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    08:56 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    o lol, this is a clear win for china

    i just find it hilarious that the us banned lead and not cadmium, it would be like banning knives and not guns...o wait, they do do that

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    Comment by metatron
    14:17 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    China QUALITY.

    Profits over safety. >.>

    16:13 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chinese jewelry it's not made of gold and silver instead it's made from old batteries and fail.

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    Comment by Jack Russel
    08:55 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol @ all the anti-Chinese comments. I'm Chinese, and if you guys want to direct hate, direct it at our crappy government, don't group us in with them. Ah, fuck it. Every body discriminates, so whatever. =3

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:39 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    >Stop painting your products with poison
    >Start painting them with something even more poisonous


    Comment by Anonymous
    08:11 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I avoid buying Chinese produces at all cost. Less thing to worry about.

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    Comment by ImBZppl
    10:37 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This looks like an attempt to poison massive amounts of people
    note to self stop buying cheap trinkets for my baby cousins that are made in china
    The only heavy metal i want in my toys is gold xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:54 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is the companies that sell these products who are at fault. China only makes these because these big companies (who probably know what goes into these toys) want something cheap regardless of safety towards children.

    If the dirty american companies gave a shit about its customers, and didn't buy them, they wouldn't be produced.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:51 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    政府总是在查这些BAD company

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:13 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    BECAUSE OF profits?
    yes,they do this
    in our society.
    it isn't emergency.
    it is usual
    this dirty society make us become more and more selfish.
    here is lack of education,so their only way is cheat us,also you,we always feel afraid,because we don't know what will happen china,an old woman fell,no body will help her,maybe you just think we are cold blood,but infact,this old lady just fell by herself,nobody knocked her down,if you help her,you will be to blame for this phoniness accident,is it unbelievable? I think so,this is my to tell you;china is complex,but you must remember ,it didn't means all chinese are suck,i'm so sorry that chinese make you feel so unsatisfactory

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:40 24/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is it even safe to buy china plates anymore?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:12 15/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    no... not anymore

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    Comment by 21149315
    10:11 19/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really hope America gets its manufacturing jobs back. It is getting tiresome to have imports that are low quality. It's not so much a China thing, it is a money thing. Companies need to stop putting their greed ahead of safety.

    With so many things stamped "Made in China". It is hard to even find something that isn't made from there... something as simple as a pencil has the stamp.

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    Comment by kajunbowser
    07:40 18/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Moralfaegottry from Dems completely justified here. Cadmium is definitely more poisonous than lead. Hopefully, this spurs my country to actually make cheap jewelry ourselves. We must stop the Chinese jewelry makers from turning American kids into r-tards (even faster) w/ their jewelry and painted toys.

    But, then again, they do own nearly $1 trillon of our debt, so...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 14/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *Face Palm* must be Chinese.

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    Comment by cpc65
    07:19 20/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everything from China is poisonous. Especially the knock-off meds and exploding watermelons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:50 04/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    China, DIE ALREADY!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:42 03/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is there anyone else out there thinking that China actually wants to reduce the population and effectiveness of other countries by exporting poisonous goods? Just recently(and maybe even now) they tried to start a war with the small country of Japan(small when compared to China). Maybe this is just some strategy to increase their chances of winning the 3rd great war?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:00 06/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fat chance. This is greed driven.
    A lot of China's own citizens are living in appalling conditions, using malicious products.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:09 25/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How is this China's fault? Blame Walmart for making the demand in the first place. Simple rules of supply and demand... And btw, don't buy Chinese toys.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:34 15/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    basically... the chinese are now undoubtedly going for quantity over quality fucking up standards and safety. the chinese aim to sell more by fucking up consumer safety.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:39 15/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Think of it this way. Without China engineering great buildings out of trash and mass producing toys out of toxic waste, who would we poke fun at? Life would become so much boring. I guess we could concentrate more attention into bashing sea shepperd and equality now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:52 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    is there sbd forget china is a developing country?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    >is there sbd forget china is a developing country?

    Thanks for the laugh, funny Anonymous.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:23 21/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    09:25 16/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I find it quite sad that so many products are made in China. Its no wonder people poke fun at goods that are made in China or feel questionable when it is.

    If there's a laptop made in China and one made in Japan with the exact same specifications and price, we all know that 90% of us would take the one made in Japan. Like the previous Chinese guy said, a lot of them are uneducated and you can't blame all Chinese folks for what a bunch of idiot manufacturers. That's true.

    So why not do something about it? Where's your mighty Chinese communist government with all those big portraits of your dear leader? If your government can devote so much time to hunting down and executing civilians trying to spread "dissent and trouble" (aka DEMOCRACY AND RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS), surely they can devote a quarter of that money to tighten up factory regulations right?

    Its the Chinese people's own fault for their bad reputation. Of course with 1 billion of you guys there, its gonna be hard to start picking names.


    Comment by Anonymous
    16:54 16/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Here in lies the fall of the human race...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:25 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where's the OP pic from?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:34 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    20:43 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Google translate:
    Thank you for always all the way to undermine us.
    However, it
    We ourselves have suffered,
    You buy things in China is your bad luck 啦.

    This anon speaks the truth. The present situation is the result of lack of free speech, corrupt officials, and above most, capitalistic values.
    But hey, who would have guessed that a system which places profit above all could lead to criminal abuse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:21 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    China has suffered greatly for this and other byproducts of industrialization. That's what amazes me the most - I could see it if they were just screwing over the rest of the world to gain an advantage. It would be unethical and brutal, but to harm their own people so commonly and so callously... it's unthinkable. These factory owners would stab their own brothers in the back just to make a bit of coin.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:28 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    tsk tsk 如果你们也‘深受其害’,你们应该有责任来防止这些事情发生吗。你们中国人太自私了。Yeah, I'm not from China btw.. =.= shouldn't you guys have the responsibility to stop these things from happening the first place? You guys deserve the criticism because you're too selfish in the first place

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:38 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I could have sworn that heavy metals like cadmium and lead had proper uses in electronics and are quite valuable for that. Why waste these valuable metals by putting them in childrens toys, etc. when you could use them to make useful stuff?

    Also, 91% cadmium? That's pretty damn pure. I should buy some just for that. Not sure what I'd do with all the cadmium, but I'll think of something.

    16:24 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's used in rechargeable batteries such as nickle cadmium cells commonly found in power tools.

    It does not have the energy density of lithium but they are robust cells and are capable of supplying very large currents which is why they find use in tools.

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    Comment by psycholoner
    18:39 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cadmium is an unwanted toxic byproduct. Its probably not worth very much. Its also banned for the use of almost anything electronic other than batteries. And according to wiki, the highest concentration was 91%. Most of it was 10%.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:41 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cadmium used to be used for light detectors; the element's resistance would change depending on the amount of light present.

    Lead and tin were and still are used in solder; but non-lead-based solders are currently used in many electronics manufacturing plants ("ROHS-compliant").

    Selenium used to be used in high-power rectifiers (diodes).

    Gallium arsenide was the basis of cutting-edge, high-speed electronic devices during the 1980s.

    Industries are trying to move to less-toxic alternatives, if only to avoid bad press.

    In the major metropolitan U.S. area where I live, I've noticed the electric company has at one substation, replaced the big, heavy, nasty polychlorinated biphenyl-laced cooling oil-based transformers with samller, much-more-efficient transformers (which don't need metal cases, heat sinks, or even fans, as the older ones did).

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:35 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    China's doing the world a favor; either teach the arrogant americans to stop wasting money or have them die. In fact it's their choice.

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    Comment by Ciscotaku
    22:44 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    and who the fuck are you to tell others how to spend their own money?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:13 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    someone who isn't american

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:48 16/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well said, anon

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    Comment by basilio
    16:55 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Jewelry containing cadmium!!??


    Next thing you know, they'll be selling dog meat as cat meat!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:30 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    who buys cat meat anyway

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:06 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its just like the high school rich family with dumb kids beating up a poor family with smart kids so the rich family gets their dumb kids to 1st chair and 2nd chair in band class and the top cheerleader spots. Then the poor family with smart kids has to spend the year in the hospital trying to get their kids to recover.

    China is doing this on purpose to make sure any one in the future is taken out ahead of time so China can appear smarter and over run the world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:05 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    look, they are toys not food. stop bloody eating them and u wont fucking die, stupid children.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:54 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like it was said above, you don't even need to put the thing in your mouth to be poisoned. And Cd isn't fatal through limited exposure. However it does have long-lasting and even permanent negative effects.


    Comment by Anonymous
    19:26 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I recently received a gift in the form of a mug during Christmas. I was told the mug cost around $13 or so and the mug itself was on sale, so let's say $20. The mug itself is made from the USA, hence the rather hefty price tag. I'm pretty sure I can find a near Chinese equivalent for less than a fraction of the price, but I don't think I'd want to sacrifice quality over quantity; in this case saving a few bucks on a mug with questionable build quality.

    Maybe I'm just being paranoid with Chinese-made goods, but I steer clear of any consumable Chinese goods and reserve my Chinese-made purchases on electronics; though not like I have any choice given that most electronics nowadays are assembled in China.

    I'm amused that Americans fail to see that Chinese manufacturers obviously cut corners to lower prices. Guess the people here just expect top quality for a cheap price...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:14 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What do you expect when you buy cheap stuff. If it's cheap, than there is a reason it's cheap. Being Chinese, I'm not proud of what my country do(I laugh at them) but end of the day, it's the Americans that are buying them, giving them the money, which encourages them to continue to make them. The idea is to cut the top of the chain off(consumer/retailers) so those company go bankrupt. And yea, terrorist really should learn a bit or two from China, cause it seems China manufactures does more damage than terrorist these days(America I think does the most, but I'm not going to include them since we are talking about China).

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:46 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So... Terrorists Win?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:35 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like China epic facepalm.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:49 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some Americans presume the lower cost is due to cheaper labor, and some Americans just don't care why it's cheaper.

    As other posters have pointed out, suppression of information combine with corruption to produce this sort of reesult.

    It's the advantage and disadvantage of mass production and mass markets: things can be made much more cheaply (without taking shortcuts), but refusing to put in a five-cent-cost safety part, or using toxic materials, times millions and millions of units add up to so much god-damn money that corruption occurs frequently (and I mean here in the U.S., not just in China).

    Comment by BANNED_fei
    16:23 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh China what will you astound us with next? anyone got any ideas?

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    Comment by Shi nai weaboo
    16:32 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    China quality condoms
    Made from folded up paper and infested with Anthrax ?

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    Comment by OTIKA
    18:56 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    20:18 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Second hand condoms.
    QUALITY at it's finest.

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    Comment by EroMango
    01:08 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait wait, I'm sure they're kind enough to wash it and disinfect it with acid before putting it into another sticky taped packet then export it to walmart

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:42 14/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    or plastic wrap laced with rat poison.

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