America Girl Jewelry Kits Recalled Over Lead Content

A large recall of about 75,000 American Girl Craftsâ„¢ Pearly Beads & Ribbon Bracelets kits are being recalled because of a <"">lead poisoning risk, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The defective American Girl Craftsâ„¢ Pearly Beads & Ribbon Bracelets kits were manufactured in China; distributed by EKSuccess Brands, a division of Wilton Brands Inc., of Woodbridge, Illinois; and sold at Michaels Stores and other retailers nationwide from September 2009 through June 2011 for about $8.

The surface coating on some of the beads contains excessive levels of lead, which is prohibited under federal law. Although no incidents or injuries have been reported, to date, it can take time for the effects of lead poisoning and lead exposure to manifest.

Lead can accumulate in the body over time and pregnant women, infants, and young children, especially, should avoid exposure to lead. Lead exposure in children and unborn children can lead to brain and nervous system damage; slowed growth; headaches; mental and physical retardation; and behavioral, learning, hearing, and other health problems. The developing brain is of particular concern because the negative influences of lead exposure can have long-lasting effects and can continue well into puberty and beyond. Once poisoned, no organ system is immune.

Children with lead poisoning may experience irritability, sleeplessness or excess lethargy, poor appetite, abdominal pain with or without vomiting—generally without diarrhea—and constipation, and changes in activity level. A child with lead toxicity can be iron deficient and pale because of anemia and can be either hyperactive or lethargic. Lead exposure and poisoning can also show up dentally, for instance, lead lines on gingival tissue.

Of note, lead is also known to cause cancer and reproductive harm and, in adults, can damage the nervous system. In adults there may be motor problems and an increase in depressive, aggressive, sleep, and maladaptive affective disorders as well as problems with sexual performance, impotence, and infertility; they may be over-sleeping or have difficulty falling asleep.

People concerned about blood lead levels should contact their physician or health clinic to ask about testing.

This recall involves the Pearly Beads & Ribbon Bracelets kit distributed under the American Girl Crafts name with a SKU number of 30-585331. The SKU number is located on the back of the package in the lower right corner. The kit contains 56 pieces. The beads in the jewelry kit are pink, blue, orange, and white. Some pink beads have darker pink butterflies imprinted on them. The ribbons in the kit are orange, red, blue, and purple.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately take the recalled kits and any finished bracelets made from the kits away from children and to contact the company for a full refund. EKSuccess Brands can be reached, toll-free, at 1.855.535.2099 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central Time (CT), Monday through Thursday and between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. CT on Fridays. The firm can also be reached at its website at

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