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Health Canada recalls more kids jewelry products due to excessive lead content

12/22/2011 04:28 EST | Updated 02/21/2012 05:12 EST
OTTAWA - Health Canada is recalling more children's jewelry products after a sampling program turned up excessive lead in the products.

One recall involves metallic heart-shaped pendants and plastic bracelets imported from China and sold by Toy Land Co. of Vancouver.

The other involves a Writer's Block necklace with love, peace and globe charms made by Jude M Designs of India and sold in Canada by Liquidation World Inc. of Brantford, Ont.

Consumers should immediately take any recalled jewelry products away from children and dispose of them after contacting their municipality for instructions on disposing items containing lead.

The Toy Land pendants come with rhinestones on the edge in a variety of colours — including pink, blue, purple and green — and words on the front face such as "best friend," "peace," "princess," "dream," "truth" and "forever." Pendants may have been sold with or without a metallic necklace. They can be identified by item number U9FA 241 and UPC 06136694241.

The plastic bracelets with removable plastic plugs are sold in a variety of shapes and designs. The band attaches with a metallic snap. They can be identified by item number U9FA 898 and UPC 061366948986.

Lead is toxic to children, even at low exposure levels. Children can ingest lead when they chew, suck or swallow jewelry items. Potential health effects can include vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, coma or even death.

More than 400 units of the pendants and 2,050 units of the recalled bracelets were sold in Canada from 2006 to 2011. For more information, consumers may contact Toy Land Company at 604-876-5432 or toll-free 1-800-668-6388.

The Writer's Block necklace is made with a black cord, a metallic clasp and three metallic charms embossed with love, peace and a globe. The necklace can be identified by UPC 7-73426-70154-6.

In testing, the peace charm was found to contain about eight times the allowable limit for lead.

Less than 20 were sold at Liquidation World stores across Canada in the last two months. For more information, consumers may contact Liquidation World toll-free at 1-888-254-0843.

Neither Health Canada nor the importers of these products have received any reports of incidents or illnesses related to the products.

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