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Cox argued that pieces of new jewelry that might fare fine in an initial stomach acid test might prove far more dangerous if swallowed following months of wear and tear. Testing has shown that as electroplating wears down, or if a piece of jewelry’s surface is punctured, cadmium inside can leach out at much greater levels.
If the standard were based solely on a limit of 0.03 percent cadmium, “We don’t want to have to worry about all that,” Cox said. “Let’s just set a total content standard from the beginning that takes care of the problem.”
Maryland and Connecticut based their limits on total content; in both states, children’s jewelry which exceeds 0.0075 percent cadmium would be illegal based on laws that go into effect in 2012 and 2014 respectively.
“When we’ve passed something, there’s a hesitancy to go back and change it, particularly when you are the most strict,” said Conn. Rep. Pam Sawyer, a Republican and co-sponsor of the state’s legislation. For Connecticut to begin allowing jewelry with cadmium levels that are four times higher than current law, she said, would “raise some eyebrows.”
Brian Witte in Annapolis, Md. contributed to this report.
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