CPSC Announced Recalls Of Children’s Jewelry. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (UPSC), in cooperation with QuinCrafts of Dexter, Michigan, today announced a voluntary recall of the Makit & Bakit Jewelry Sets and Suncatcher sets as the clasps on some of the jewelry contains high levels of lead.
About 70,000 of the Makit & Bakit Jewelry Sets and Suncatcher sets are being recalled and included those QuinCrafts products containing children’s jewelry. The recall includes the following items. Item numbers can be found printed on the back of the packaging:
- Makit & Bakit 5-Piece Jewelry Set with item number 55256.
- Makit & Bakit Charm Bracelet Sets with item number 41671
- Makit & Bakit Bracelet & Necklace Set with item number 55106
- Makit & Bakit Charm Bracelet Set with item number 55100
- Makit & Bakit Garden Delux Suncatcher Set with item number 43131
- Disney Makit & Bakit Fairies Charm Bracelet with item number 50083
- Disney Makit & Bakit Princess Charm Bracelet with item number 50694
The children’s jewelry was sold in a variety of sets that contained necklace, bracelet and earring or ring combinations and was sold at AC Moore, CVS, LTD Commodities, Marshall’s/TJ Maxx, Michaels Corporation, and other toy and independent craft supply stores nationwide from August 2007 through March 2008. The jewelry was manufactured in China and retailed for about $2.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled jewelry away from young children and contact QuinCrafts for a replacement jewelry set. For additional information, contact QuinCrafts at (800) 366-4660 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.quincrafts.com/recall
Lead Poisoning Can Damage Brain
Many consider lead poisoning to be one of the most important chronic environmental illnesses affecting children today. Exposure to lead in children and unborn children can cause brain and nervous system damage, behavioral and learning problems, slowed growth, hearing problems, headaches, mental and physical retardation, and behavioral and other health problems. Lead is also known to cause cancer and reproductive harm and, in adults, lead can damage the nervous system. Despite efforts to control lead and the success in decreasing lead poisoning, serious cases still occur. Once poisoned, no organ system is immune. Of particular concern is the developing brain because negative influences can have long-lasting effects and can continue well into puberty and beyond.
A major challenge with lead poisoning is the difficulty in recognizing its subtle symptoms and that no pathognomonic—or definitive—indicators exist or point to contamination. When faced with peculiar symptoms that do not match any one particular disease, lead poisoning should be considered. Children with lead poisoning may experience irritability, sleeplessness or excess lethargy, poor appetite, headaches, abdominal pain with or without vomiting—and generally without diarrhea—constipation, and changes in activity level. A child with lead toxicity be iron deficient and pale because of anemia and can be either hyperactive or lethargic. There may also be dental pointers, for instance, lead lines on gingival tissue. In adults there may be motor problems and an increase in depressive disorders, aggressive behavior, and other maladaptive affective disorders as well as problems with sexual performance, impotence and infertility, as well as increased fetal wastage and sleep disorders, either. They may be over sleeping or have difficulty falling asleep.