March 15, 2012 |
In a finding that strengthens the link between environmental pollutants and rising rates of breast cancer, new research finds that women whose diets contain higher levels of cadmium are at greater risk of developing breast cancer than those who ingest less of the industrial chemical in their food. Cadmium, a heavy metal long identified as a carcinogen, leaches into crops from fertilizers and when rainfall or sewage sludge deposit it onto farmland. Whole grains, potatoes, other vegetables and shellfish are key dietary sources of cadmium, which also becomes airborne as a pollutant when fossil fuels are burned, and is likely inhaled as well as ingested.
September 7, 2011 |
Major retailers that sell jewelry, including Gap Inc., Forever 21 Inc. and Target Corp., have reached a settlement with a California environmental group that would all but ban the use of cadmium in those items. The legal agreement, approved by an Alameda County Superior Court judge, sets strict limits on the toxic heavy metal, which can cause cancer, genetic problems and kidney damage. By Dec. 31, children's and adult jewelry sold by the companies must contain no more than 0.03% of cadmium, according to the settlement between the Center for Environmental Health and the retail companies.
March 4, 2011 |
Cadmium likely isn't the first thing on your mind when you buy a cheap little bracelet or necklace for your child. But maybe it should be. A new study finds that children who wear, mouth or swallow inexpensive jewelry items could be exposed to high levels of the metal. Researchers tested charms, bracelets and necklaces, mostly imported from China, to determine the levels of cadmium in each. "Of 92 pieces of jewelry tested under ingestion conditions, two pieces (a football pendant and a heart charm)
October 29, 2010 |
The newspaper headline captured the latest cuisine controversy in this seafood-crazy country: "Can eating octopus heads be hazardous to your health?" A favorite dish for generations of Koreans, octopus heads have long been associated with good nutrition, not to mention their reputed qualities as an aphrodisiac. But a Seoul city government study last month determined that the delicacy contains dangerous levels of the heavy metal cadmium. The findings touched off what newspapers have dubbed "the octopus head war," pitting city health officials against irate fishermen protective of the $35-million industry.
October 19, 2010 |
Federal regulators said on Tuesday that they will back voluntary standards set by the private sector to determine a safe level for cadmium, a known carcinogen, in children's jewelry. Officials with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have said for months that the agency was working on new cadmium standards to address concerns about the heavy metal in consumer products, including children's jewelry. On Tuesday, safety commission Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum announced that the agency simply would provide new scientific research on cadmium to ASTM International in hopes that the standard-setting organization will use it to set limits for cadmium in children's jewelry and toys.
October 7, 2010 |
When McDonald's recalled 12 million " Shrek" beverage glasses in June because the designs contained cadmium, consumers were told the glasses weren't toxic but were being recalled out of an abundance of caution. Regulators wouldn't disclose the amount of cadmium in the glasses. But recently released regulatory records show that the recall was spurred after government scientists concluded a 6-year-old could be exposed to hazardous levels of the carcinogen after touching one of the glasses eight times in a day. Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald's and the company that manufactured the glasses, ARC International of Millville, N.J., insist the products are safe.