12/21/2011 06:58 EST | Updated 02/20/2012 05:12 EST

Health Canada Jewelry Recall: Lead, Cadmium In Excessive Levels

OTTAWA - Health Canada is recalling a range of pendants, charms and beads that were sold in packages for consumers or jewelry makers after test sampling showed the products contain excessive levels of lead and cadmium.

Lead and cadmium are known to be especially toxic for children, who can ingest the metals when they chew, suck or swallow affected jewelry items.

A range of serious health effects have been associated with exposure to lead and cadmium, including anemia, vomiting, diarrhea, serious brain injury, convulsions and coma. Exposure can also have adverse effects on the liver, kidneys, heart and immune system. In extreme cases, exposure can be fatal.

The products, distributed by Frabels Inc. of Montreal, were made in Canada, the Czech Republic and China. Almost 1,100 units have been sold in Quebec and Alberta since last December.

The following products are being recalled:

—Star charms with various stones, model numbers MP5603/217, MP5603/223 and MP5603/225.

—Sand dollar pendant, MP7501

—Smiling sun bead, brass antique/silver, MB2522

—Giraffe pendants, antique silver, MP949

—Butterfly pendant, MP1268

In laboratory testing, all five pendants were found to contain lead in levels exceeding legal limits, while the star charm was found to contain 51 per cent total weight of lead. Two of the pendants also contain cadmium above recommended safe limits; the giraffe pendant contains more than 46 per cent total weight of cadmium; and the butterfly pendant 45 per cent total weight of cadmium.

Neither Health Canada nor Frabels Inc. has received any reports of incidents or illnesses related to the use of these products.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled pendants away from children and contact Frabels for instructions on returning the product for a credit by calling 1-514-842-8561, extension 17.