Sixteen retailers and manufacturers, including Saks and Target, agreed on Sept. 2 to a settlement that requires them to strictly limit the amount of cadmium they use in both children’s and adult’s jewelry.
The agreement calls for jewelry sold by the companies to contain no more than 0.03 percent (300 parts per million) of cadmium by Dec. 31, 2011.
The agreement is in response to a lawsuit launched by the Oakland, Calif.-based Center for Environmental Health in February 2010. The suit charged the retailers with violating California’s Proposition 65, which requires companies to warn consumers when their products expose them to potentially harmful chemicals.
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