3 businesses are cited for lead jewelry

February 10, 2007

Three Baltimore businesses received notices from city health officials yesterday related to the sale of children's jewelry with high levels of lead.

Health officials found four items with high lead levels at the three stores -- Totally Kids, 321 W. Lexington St.; Dollar Tree, 3842 E. Lombard St.; and The Children's Place, 200 E. Pratt St.

In December, health officials adopted a regulation prohibiting the retail sale of children's jewelry with lead in metal components in excess of 1,200 parts per million. In September, the maximum level of lead permitted in children's jewelry will be lowered to 600 parts per million.

Health officials say the notices demand that the stores stop selling the offending items.

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