Assemblymember Quirk Issues Warning Regarding Lead Found in Children’s Jewelry

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Earlier this month, the Department of Toxic Substances Control issued enforcement action against eight retailers in Oakland and three wholesale suppliers in Los Angeles for allegedly selling costume jewelry for children and adults containing dangerous levels of lead and cadmium.


“California has taken huge steps to remove lead from various sources because we know that it is extremely toxic and there is no safe exposure. The department’s findings are alarming. However, I commend the department for their diligence in this investigation” said Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) who is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental and Toxic Substances Control that is responsible for issues relating to toxic substances and hazardous materials – including lead.


California’s Metal-Containing Jewelry Law prohibits the manufacture, shipping, sale, or offering for promotional purposes jewelry that contains excessive amounts of lead or cadmium. Retailers are required to obtain certifications from suppliers that all jewelry and its components are in compliance with the law; suppliers are required to have documentation showing jewelry items sold in California are in compliance with the law.


Photos of the jewelry and the names of the stores where they were found can be viewed here.


“I strongly encourage parents, and anyone else, that purchased jewelry at any of these locations to return them immediately. My office is available to help with any questions or difficulty in successfully completing a return,” stated Assemblymember Quirk.


Assemblymember Quirk is also the author of Assembly Bill (AB) 1316 that will improve the lead exposure evaluation process to ensure that all children exposed to lead are tested for lead poisoning.




Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly.  He is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials. He is also Chair of the Select Committee on California’s Clean Energy Economy. He is a member of the Agriculture, Public Safety, Revenue and Taxation, and Utilities and Energy Committees.