SALT LAKE CITY — A toy ring sold at discount stores nationwide has been recalled because the makers allegedly violated a ban on lead content. Discount stores sold UP Fashion children’s rings from April 2021 to July 2022.
Dollar Store and other discount retail outlets sold the rings, according to the Salt Lake County Health Department.
RECALL ⚠️ This tweet informs you of the recall of UP Fashion children’s rings due to violation of the Federal ban on lead content. These were sold in Dollar stores nationwide and other discount stores nationwide from April 2021 to July 2022 for around $1.
— Salt Lake Health (@SaltLakeHealth) October 17, 2022
The ring is gold with what the Salt Lake County Health Department describes as a large faux pearl. Manufacturers sold the pearl in several colors. The pearl rests on a gold base and is surrounded by small white crystals.
Of particular concern, said the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, is the metal base of the ring. According to the Commission, the base contains “levels of lead that exceed the federal ban on lead content.”
Parents should immediately remove this ring from children, the CPSC said. And parents can call UP Fashion at 201-438-0908 to inquire about a refund. Consumers may also contact UP Fashion by emailing [email protected]
The danger of lead
According to the CDC, the human body absorbs lead. The body stores lead in bones and tissues after continuous exposure.
But lead poisoning can also happen if someone is exposed for a short period of time. Parents and caregivers can easily ignore the symptoms of lead poisoning. These symptoms include stomach pain, constipation, fatigue, headache, irritability, loss of appetite, memory loss, tingling sensation in the hands or feet and a weakness.
Lead regulations in the United States
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates lead because it is a toxic pollutant. It is a natural element present in small quantities in the earth’s crust.
Manufacturers use lead in many products. But US consumer safety officials are particularly concerned about its use in toy jewelry. “Bitching or swallowing toys or jewelry containing lead can cause lead poisoning in a child,” the EPA states on its website.
US security officials requested a voluntary recall of 150 million pieces of metal jewelry in 2004. They were sold through vending machines. Three years later, the same agency issued a recall of nearly one million Fisher-Price toys due to a lead poisoning hazard.