— Health Canada is asking industry to voluntarily end the production, import and sale of children’s jewelry containing cadmium.
The government says tests show the metal is increasingly used as a substitute for lead in cheap, costume jewelry.
There’s no known risk from simply wearing the jewelry, but the department worries that children might suck, chew or swallow it, which could lead to health problems.
Cadmium is a toxic, heavy metal and a known carcinogen.
While the ban is voluntary now, the government says it is prepared to enforce it with regulations if industry fails to comply.
Health Canada will monitor compliance and work with other countries and international agencies to determine if there is any safe level for cadmium in children’s jewelry.