PA 10-113—sHB 5314

Select Committee on Children

Environment Committee

General Law Committee

AN ACT BANNING CADMIUM IN CHILDREN'S JEWELRY

SUMMARY: Beginning July 1, 2014, this act prohibits children's jewelry containing more than . 0075% (by weight) of elemental cadmium or its compounds or alloys from being sold, offered for sale, or distributed in Connecticut. Children's jewelry means jewelry designed or intended to be worn or used by children under age 13. It includes charms, bracelets, pendants, necklaces, earrings, or rings, and any component of these.

The consumer protection commissioner can enforce the act within available appropriations.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012

BACKGROUND

Cadmium

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services has determined that cadmium and its compounds are human carcinogens. A few studies in animals indicate that the young absorb more cadmium than adults. Animal studies also indicate that the young are more susceptible than adults to a loss of bone and decreased bone strength from exposure to cadmium.

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