Federal Recall of Metal Charms
On March 3, 2005, the Associated Press published an article noting the recall of nearly 3 million metal charms from a well-known national crafts retailer. Manufactured in China and sold in large crafts stores, these beads and charms showed “high levels of lead.” This action follows a 2004 recall of several million metal children’s jewelry sold in vending machines that also contained high levels of lead.
These recalls were prompted by concerns about products directed towards children, but increased focus on lead content in costume jewelry has caused a new round of scrutiny by governmental agencies. On February 3, 2005, the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a new policy establishing acceptable lead levels in children’s jewelry. This policy allows metal jewelry components to contain up to 600 parts per million (ppm) lead without corrective action. Unfortunately, metal castings imported from overseas frequently contain more than 500,000 ppm lead, more than 50% lead.
Tierracast manufactures cast metal components using pewter purchased from reputable U.S. suppliers. We periodically test our alloys to assure the quality of the metal we use. Recent tests continue to confirm that the miniscule lead content in our cast components falls markedly below the CPSC limits, and well below the Food and Drug Administration’s standard (4-101.17) for pewter in contact with food.
Tierracast wants to assure you that the cast pewter components we manufacture, and that you offer for sale, do not pose the risk to your clients associated with recent recalls. We continue to monitor our manufacturing materials, processes and the evolving government standards so you can continue to purchase TierraCast components with confidence.
Additional information on the issue of lead in jewelry and/or pewter alloys can be found at these locations:
- Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) Policy on Lead in Children’s Jewelry
- Center for Environmental Health discussion of “Lead in Children’s Jewelry” with links to other related resources
- California government notice of recall of “Possibly Lead Tainted Toy Jewelry”
- US Food and Drug Administration standard for pewter in contact with food