Children's necklaces recalled for lead poisoning hazard
- June 20, 2007 1:52 PM
- By Peter Hadzipetros
About 19,000 necklaces imported by California-based GeoCentral are being withdrawn because their clasps contain unsafe levels of lead, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday.
The recall applies to necklaces with butterfly pendants packaged with a card that reads GeoJewelry and GeoCentral.
The necklaces were sold at souvenir and gift stores across the U.S. from January 2006 through May 2007 for about $2 US.
Children absorb lead more easily than adults and are 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 headaches.
No injuries have been reported to the company.
Consumers should take the jewelry away from children and return it to the retailer for a refund.
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