Pendants, candle charms withdrawn for high lead levels
- February 12, 2008 9:16 AM
- By Peter Hadzipetros
About 460,000 pendants and candle charms are being recalled because they contain high lead levels, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
The products were imported by Benjamin International and sold in U.S. gift shops from January 2002 through November 2007 and ranged in price from $6 US to $15 US.
High amounts of lead can harm the nervous system, kidneys and other major organs. Anemia, a decline in red blood cells, can occur, as can damage to the nervous system that may impair mental function. At worst, lead poisoning can cause seizures or death.
No adverse health effects have been reported.
The products were manufactured in Korea.
Consumers should stop using the pendants and contact the company for a replacement.
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