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Baltimore Bans Toxic Jewelry Because Feds Won't

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

A survey this month by Baltimore City Health Commisioner, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, found that 4 out of 17 samples of children's jewelry sold at area stores had dangerously high levels of lead. At a news conference yesterday, Sharfstein had this to say:

"The fact that we keep finding lead in these products, despite the fact that it's unsafe, is a clear sign that the federal regulation has failed."

Baltimore's new regulation will ban the sale of any jewelry found to exceed the federal limit of 600 parts per million of lead. [Baltimore Sun]

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