James Van Loon

James Van Loon

Director General, Consumer Product Safety Directorate at Health Canada

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Location:
2301 Midland Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Company:
Health Canada
HQ Phone:
(416) 973-1748

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James Van Loon, director of risk management at Health Canada's consumer product safety branch, says that children's bodies more readily absorb the toxic metal, and because they are more likely to put things in their mouths, jewelry that is marketed to those under 15 should contain virtually no cadmium.

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"Any major system in your body can be harmed by cadmium," says James Van Loon, director of risk management at Health Canada's consumer product safety branch.
Children's bodies more readily absorb the toxic metal and, since they are more likely to put things in their mouths, Van Loon says jewelry that is marketed to those under 15 should contain virtually no cadmium. In response, Van Loon says Health Canada sent inspectors to speak with Ardene and Aldo about the products Marketplace identified in order to "figure out to what extent these may actually be marketed straight to kids." Van Loon says it's up to parents to make sure kids don't have access to jewelry intended for adults. "We are focused on the stuff that's targeted at the young kids," Van Loon says. "In the particular case of low-cost jewelry," says Van Loon, "I think maybe some caution is required."

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"Any major system in your body can be harmed by cadmium," says James Van Loon, director of risk management at Health Canada's consumer product safety branch.
Children's bodies more readily absorb the toxic metal and, since they are more likely to put things in their mouths, Van Loon says jewelry that is marketed to those under 15 should contain virtually no cadmium. In response, Van Loon says Health Canada sent inspectors to speak with Ardene and Aldo about the products Marketplaceidentifie d in order to "figure out to what extent these may actually be marketed straight to kids." Van Loon says it's up to parents to make sure kids don't have access to jewelry intended for adults. "We are focused on the stuff that's targeted at the young kids," Van Loon says. "In the particular case of low-cost jewelry," says Van Loon, "I think maybe some caution is required."

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