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Kids' silver bracelets found with excessive lead

SOME precious metal jewelry sold in the city failed quality tests because it contained excessive lead, less precious metal than required or had labeling problems, the city's quality watchdog said today.

A batch of silver bracelets for kids made by Shanghai Cuida Arts and Crafts Co Ltd had serious quality problems with too much lead, said Shen Weimin, deputy director of the Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau. Items founds to be substandard must be withdrawn.

Excessive amounts of lead in the body harm the nervous and reproductive systems and can cause high blood pressure and anemia. It also can lead to convulsions, coma and even death, slow children's growth and cause abortion and premature birth, doctors warned.

Some silver jewelry made by the Shanghai outlet of Beijing-based HTDT Gold Co Ltd were found to contain less silver than the minimum amount marked on their labels, and some gold jewelery necklaces made by Shenzhen-based Siyu Jewelery had the same problem, the bureau said.

A batch of platinum necklaces produced by Shenzhen-based Zhou Liu Fu Jewelry failed for the quality of the precious metal and labeling.

They were among the six batches of substandard products listed by the bureau, which checked 100 batches of precious metal products in total.

Bureau officials reminded consumers to pay close attention to the label of precious metal jewelry, avoid confusion between similar metals and be careful about what’s in the invoice. Consumers can call 12365 or 12345 for complaints if they have disputes with businesses.


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