October 19, 2010
For Immediate Release:
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Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Trade Association Statement on CPSC Staff Report on Cadmium in Children’s Metal Jewelry
Fashion Jewelry & Accessories Trade Association (FJATA) Executive Director Brent Cleaveland issued the following statement on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) staff report on cadmium in children’s metal jewelry:
“We are pleased that the CPSC has reaffirmed its commitment to work with the FJATA and other stakeholders to finalize the ASTM children’s jewelry safety standard in an expedited fashion. The ASTM children’s jewelry standard will address, among other things, cadmium and we look forward to reviewing the data shared with us today.
The CPSC has spent many months gathering data on cadmium and the FJATA will need time to review the agency’s information. However, we are pleased that CPSC is relying on a migration approach to measure cadmium exposure. Migration-based standards are consistent with risk-based methods of evaluating safety that are widely accepted in the scientific community, are required under the Federal Hazardous Substance Act (FHSA) and supported by the FJATA.
As we have stated in the past, we have technical concerns regarding the validity and practicality of lengthy test times. We welcome the chance to continue our productive dialogue with CPSC to expeditiously finalize a national, science-based, peer reviewed, standard for children’s jewelry that reflects our collective interest in ensuring the safety of our products.”
The Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Trade Association (FJATA) is based in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. The Association represents producers, suppliers and retailers of fashion jewelry. Its 200+ members strongly support safe jewelry for all consumers and advocate the adoption of risk-based standards that assure safety and maintain business competitiveness. Contact the association at firstname.lastname@example.org
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