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CONSUMER PRODUCTS AND RETAIL E-SSENTIALS

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CONSUMER PRODUCTS AND RETAIL E-SSENTIALS

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USA: New York introduces lead-content warning requirements for children’s jewellery

JANUARY 2020 - HARDLINES

The Governor of New York  has recently signed an Assembly Bill1 into law to regulate children’s jewellery that contains high levels of lead. The new law applies only to accessible component parts of jewellery for children under 12 years of age.

Effective from 1 January 2021, it is prohibited to sale or offer for sale of children’s jewellery with lead content more than 40 ppm but less than federal standards (90 ppm for surface coating or 100 ppm for substrates) unless it bears a warning label. The warning statement can be either placed on the children's jewellery itself or on the label on its immediate container, and must at least contain the following language:

“WARNING: CONTAINS LEAD. MAY BE HARMFUL IF EATEN OR CHEWED. COMPLIES WITH FEDERAL STANDARDS.”

The bill memo stated, numerous random samples of jewellery sold in New York State have been found to contain very high lead content (up to 60,000 ppm) in recent tests; it’s important to notify consumers of such jewelry, or parents of children wearing such jewellery, that a potential hazard exists.

Similar warning regulation2 has been in effect in Illinois since 2011, which regulates also toys and childcare articles. In October 20193, California also tightened lead content in jewellery and required third-party certification. Previously a Los Angeles jewellery company4 has been ordered to pay $1.6 million civil penalties for repeatedly selling illegal jewellery containing excessive concentration of lead and cadmium.

[1] Assembly Bill A06041

[2] Lead Poisoning Prevention Act

[3] California Jewellery Regulation Recast, October 2019

[4] California supplier fined for jewellery law violations, April 2018

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