Archive for June, 2010

Minnesota – First State to Regulate Cadmium in Children’s Jewelry

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Minnesota has finalized a law for cadmium in children’s jewelry, making it the first state to enforce cadmium regulations.
This comes on the heels of the Associated Press investigation of excessive levels of cadmium in children’s jewelry being sold in the U.S. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls of several jewelry products.

The Minnesota law states that Cadmium in any surface coating or accessible substrate material of metal or plastic components of children’s jewelry shall not exceed 75 parts per million and shall be tested in accordance with the heavy metals test method defined in ASTM F963.
The sale or distribution of jewelry through a nonprofit organization or an isolated or occasional sale that is not made in the normal course of business are exempt from these requirements.

The requirements become effective for manufacturers and wholesalers on January 1, 2011 and for retailers on March 1, 2011.

Connecticut Becomes the Second State to Restrict Cadmium

Friday, June 11th, 2010

On June 4, 2010, Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell signed into law PA 10-113, An Act Banning Cadmium in Children’s Jewelry. This makes Connecticut the second state to set restrictions on cadmium in children’s jewelry, following Minnesota.
The Act prohibits the manufacture, sale, offering for sale or distribution of children’s jewelry containing cadmium that is in excess of 75 ppm. The requirements of this Act will become effective as of July 1, 2014.
Children’s Jewelry is defined as “any jewelry, including charms, bracelets, pendants, necklaces, earrings or rings, and any component thereof, that is designed or intended to be worn or used by children twelve years of age or younger”.