Toxic Trinkets: An Investigation of Lead in Children’s Jewellery in India 2010
Children’s jewellery is in vogue these days.
In keeping with the tendency with children to suck or chew these
trinkets, what if you come to know that these embellishments contain
lead, a potent neurotoxin capable of IQ deficit, brain and kidney
damage, gastrointestinal symptoms such as colic, and even death due to
In a concerted effort to bring out information on
toxic substances and their use in everyday products in the public
domain, vis-ŕ-vis their pernicious effects on human health and the
environment, Toxics Link brings forth Toxic Trinkets: An
investigation of lead in Children’s Jewellery in India.
With an intent to study the levels of lead in
children’s jewellery and understand the situation in India and even
internationally, the report delves into identifying the gray that exists
in the children’s jewellery market: right from its manufacturing,
retailing and even exports of these jewellery items from India to the
rest of the world.
On the basis of 54 samples collected from different
markets of Delhi viz: Central Delhi, Janpath, South, Lajpat Nagar, Old
Delhi, and Sadar Bazaar, the report provides an insight into the
persistent problem of adversarial impacts of lead in children’s
jewellery much in conjunction with the fact that there exists lead in
products of everyday use and children and pregnant women are most
susceptible to it.
The report is also an eye opener for the fact that
despite establishing international standards and prohibitions to lead in
jewellery and similar items, especially children’s products, there
exists no specific regulation for lead in children’s jewellery in India.
Blame it on lack of awareness, accountability or even regulations, the
fact remains that there exists lead in children’s jewellery in India.
For more information please visit: http://toxicslink.org/pub-view.php?pubnum=264