New limit for cadmium introduced; limit for lead lowered
OTTAWA, May 2, 2018 /CNW/ - Parents want to do thebest for their children and they need to know that the products that their children come into contact with every day are safe. That is why Health Canada is introducing new limits for toxic metals in children's products to protect children from exposure
Exposure to lead or cadmium may pose a significant health risk to children who chew, suck or swallow items made with these metals. Current science indicates that ingestion of even very low levels of lead or cadmium may be harmful to children.
To protect children from exposure to lead and cadmium in children's jewellery, Health Canada is:
Health Canada is also expanding the scope of products covered under previous lead regulations to extend strict lead limits to:
These changes are part of Health Canada's Lead Risk Reduction Strategy for Consumer Products, which aims to help reduce lead exposure by introducing lead content limits for products to which children are most likely to be exposed.
Health Canada recommends that parents and caregivers do not allow children to put any jewellery in their mouths.
"Canada has some of the strictest lead regulations in the world for toys and other children's products. I am proud to say that these regulations, which also introduce limits for cadmium in children's jewellery, go even further to protect our children from the risks of these toxic metals." The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor Minister of Health
Children's Jewellery RegulationsConsumer Products Containing Lead RegulationsHealth Canada's Lead Risk Reduction StrategyLead and cadmium in Children's JewelleryReduce your exposure to leadCanadian Consumer Product Safety Act
SOURCE Health Canada
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