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QUESTION: I believe there is no safe level of lead in children's jewellery. Do you agree? 26/03/09   New South Wales, Australia

Hi I was reading about your group today in an article in the SMH regarding lead in candles. I am writing to regarding lead in jewellery. I have purchased numerous "Pandora"-like charms for my daughter. My husband is an industrial chemist so I asked him to test some of these charms to see if they contained lead. He used an industrial x-ray machine to test a few. Most of the cheap charms contained lead. He unable to say how much lead in each as the charm would have to be crushed to allow to tested. We have stopped our daughter from wearing her charm bracelet. I have also told a few friends about our concerns as their daughters have similar bracelets. I believe there is no safe level of lead in children's jewellery. Do you agree? These charm bracelets are very popular at the moment and many girls and their mothers are wearing them. Any guidance would be appreciated.

Regards, Deanne

ANSWER: Mar 30 2009

Dear Deanne

Thank you for the e-mail that is quite interesting because last week we had a workshop on using a certain X-ray machine to detect lead in jewellery, children's toys and other small particles, and we did find substantial amounts of lead in children's jewellery and painted toys. We also found lead in yellow pegs, which kids often put in their mouths. So it is a good idea to just not use those cheap jewellery which are becoming quite popular. I do agree that there is no safe level of lead in children's jewellery or toys.

All the best

Yours Sincerely

Elizabeth O'Brien

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