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Children's jewelry set containing high lead levels found at city store

Children's jewelry with high levels of lead
(Photo courtesy of Baltimore City Health Department)

A children's plastic pearl necklace with a rhinestone charm that was being sold at a city store contained toxic amounts of lead, health officials said.

The $1.50 jewelry "Kids Collection Pearl Necklace with Rhinestone Charm and Pearl Earrings" had a lead level more than five times above permissible levels of 100 parts per million ppm found in the clasp, according to a statement from the health department.

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The jewelry set was being sold at the Tiffany's Hair & Gift at 3420 Annapolis Road. The health department has issued a violation notice to the store.

"This item sells for less than two dollars but is hardly a bargain. The costs of lead poisoning can last a lifetime," said Interim Health Commissioner Dr. Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey in a statement.

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The department has tested nearly 350 pieces of children's jewelry sold at city stores since 2007, and had issued nearly 50 violation notices.

Lead is a neurotoxin which is particularly harmful to children, and can cause lower IQ scores, school failure, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder among other issues.

Officials warn parents that they should not allow children to swallow, suck on or chew a metal charm or necklace jewelry.

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