Children's necklaces recalled for lead poisoning danger

Children's necklaces sold at Clarie's Boutique stores in the U.S. are being recalled because they contain dangerously high levels of lead, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

The company is recalling about 58,000 necklaces, which were sold from December 2005 through December 2006 for between $5 and $11 US.

The recall involves necklaces with metal pendants in the shape of monkeys, dolphins, frogs, the fleur-de-lis, fairies, the letter BFF and tiny handcuffs.

The products were sold with silver-coloured chains and packaged under the brand "Claire's" or "Claire's best friends forever."

Children absorb lead more easily than adults and are therefore more vulnerable to poisoning.

Exposure to high levels of lead can cause vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, coma or death. Symptoms include anemia, appetite loss, abdominal pain, constipation, fatigue, sleeplessness, irritability and headache.

No associated injuries have been reported.

Consumers should return the jewelry to the store for a full refund or replacement.

Recall notice

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