Foreign-made Amulet Beads Have 40% Lead

Although paint is the most common source of lead exposure in young children, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have pointed out that foreign-made jewelry can also be a potent source. When a 1 year old boy living in New York City was found with high levels of lead in his blood, testing revealed that the amulet beads he was wearing contained 45% lead–and he had been putting them in his mouth.

PositiveTip: Foreign made jewelry, food, candy, cosmetics, pottery and spices are potential sources of lead contamination.