Cadmium Levels in Consumer Products Scrutinized

According to recent news reports, cadmium has been reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission("CPSC") and others as being present in many consumer products. Cadmium has been identified by the Center for Disease Control as a human carcinogen and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry had identified chronic exposures with damage to the kidneys. It is also listed as a California Proposition 65 carcinogen and reproductive toxin. The CPSC has issued recalls for some consumer products with reportedly high levels of cadmium and the public interest group Center for Environmental Health has announced its intent to sue several retailers for alleged non-compliance with Proposition 65's warning requirement for exposures to cadmium in jewelry. As a consequence, there is likely to be increased scrutiny on levels of cadmium in consumer products.

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