Canadian importers, particularly those of children’s toys and imitation jewellery, should be extra-vigilant when purchasing from China. Lured by China’s intensely fragmented manufacturing sector, where thousands of small operators outbid each other with low per-unit costs, Canadian companies have been faced with recalls when the jewellery they imported was found to have high lead levels.
One study of Chinese-manufactured jewelry indicated it contained recycled lead acid batteries. Professor Doug Perovic (MSE) found high levels of antimony in such jewellery, pointing to a chemical link to car batteries.
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