Cadmium Prompts Recall of Children’s Charm Bracelets, Foot Ball Rings

SmileMakers Inc., of Spartanburg, South Carolina just issued a fairly large recall of about 66,200 Children’s Happy Charm Bracelets and 2,200 Football Rings, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). SmileMakers is the distributor of the recalled children’s jewelry and Toy Network, of Indianola, Iowa and Fun Express Oriental Trading Company, of Omaha, Nebraska are the importers.

The metal substrate in the jewelry contains high levels of <"">cadmium. Cadmium is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported; however, the effects of cadmium exposure and ingestion are not always immediately evident.

Of note, cadmium is a known carcinogen and can interfere with brain development in very young children. Long-term exposure to cadmium can lead to bone softening and kidney failure. On the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) priority list of 275 most hazardous substances in the environment, cadmium ranks No. 7. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), cadmium is an extremely toxic metal that, due to its low permissible exposure limit (PEL), enables overexposure to occur even in situations in which trace cadmium quantities are found.

As regulations regarding lead have strengthened, cadmium has been showing up in a wide variety of children’s products, specifically children’s jewelry items this year. Cadmium was the culprit in a massive recall of 12 million Shrek drinking glasses tainted with the toxic metal, which prompted an investigation by Congress into the toxin and is presence in consumer products.

This recall involves “Happy” charm bracelets and football rings. The “Happy” charm bracelet is comprised of colorful beads on a small elastic band to which a metal charm in the shape of a butterfly, moon, or sun is attached. The football ring is a small adjustable metal band to which a football charm (made of metal) is attached.

The recalled children’s jewelry items were manufactured in China and were distributed at doctor and dentist offices nationwide from June 2005 through March 2010 for free.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately take the recalled jewelry away from children and discard the product. SmileMakers can be reached toll-free at (877) 390-5470 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, at the company’s Website at, or by email at

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