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Chemical Watch reported that the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found high levels of heavy metals in low-cost jewelry during a recent market surveillance. Over 20% (18 of 88 products) of sampled products had exceeded the EU regulatory limits for heavy metals content. The Danish government has recalled all relevant, non-conforming products and will inform the RAPEX to alert member states to take respective measures.


This recall is mainly targeted towards watches, necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and other types of low-cost jewelry that involves harmful heavy metal contents such as nickel, lead and cadmium.

According to SGS statistics, low-cost jewelry has been frequently recalled in Europe. So far this year, 28 products had already been recalled in Nordic countries such as Denmark, Finland, Norway, Germany and the Netherlands. 

In recent years, there is an increase in recall cases regarding low-cost jewelry destined for the Nordic region.  Along with Sweden, special attention to product quality should be made a priority for entering this market.

It is worth noting that preliminary scanning by XRF or other rapid detection method is utilized. If positive finding is obtained, it would be subsequently verified by wet chemical test. This practice highly facilitates the testing efficiency compared with direct determination by traditional wet chemical method, inducing increment of sampling size. To a certain extent, for high-risk products, “full inspection” will be achievable. 

SGS strongly recommend buyers and supply chain vendors, based on current situation, to fully examine low-cost jewelry in accordance to European standards for quality assurance and regulatory compliance.

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