U.S. safety regulator issues cadmium rules-reports

Oct 20 (BestGrowthStock) – U.S. consumer product safety regulators
told manufacturers of children’s jewelry and toys they could
develop their own safety standards for cadmium levels in
products, media reports said on Wednesday.

Although the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
allowed manufacturers to set the safety standards, it proposed a
more rigorous testing to measure cadmium exposure, according to
the reports.

The presence of cadmium, a toxic metal, in children’s toys
has led to product recalls in the past.

In June, McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N: ) recalled 12 million
“Shrek”-themed drinking glasses from its restaurants across the
United States after the CPSC warned consumers to stop using them
because they contained cadmium. [ID:nN04133649]

However, based on the CPSC’s newly recommended guidelines,
the McDonald’s recall would not have been necessary, the Wall St
Journal said.

On Tuesday the CPSC recommended a “migration approach,” in
which measures of cadmium are based on the amount a child is
exposed to when sucking on or swallowing a product, according to
several media reports.

The Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Trade Association
(FJATA) said in a statement it was pleased the CPSC is relying
on such an approach to measure cadmium exposure, although it had
technical concerns regarding the validity and practicality of
lengthy test times.
(Reporting by Sakthi Prasad in Bangalore; Editing by David
Holmes)

U.S. safety regulator issues cadmium rules-reports