Metal Charms Recalled

Metal charms recalled because of lead poisoning risks

The federal government says a New Jersey company is recalling nearly three million metal charms because they contain high levels of lead. The charms were to be used as decorations on greeting cards and gifts but could also be used to make necklaces and bracelets.

They were sold at Michaels Stores and other arts and crafts outlets. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the recall is being prompted by reports that a six-year-old California girl apparently suffered lead poisoning after placing a charm in her mouth.

Studies have found that even small amounts of lead ingested by children can cause neurological damage or behavior and learning problems. The mostly silver-color charms were made in China.

They were sold in packages of two to 12 pieces for three to four dollars at Michaels Stores from July 2002 to February 2005.

They were also sold at ReCollections from October 2004 to February 2005; and at Hancock Fabrics from January 2004 to January 2005.