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03.16.07

Necklace Recall - Lead Poisoning Hazard

It's a serious health risk to kids.

And you may have bought it for your child.

High levels of lead are found in several popular children's necklaces sold in Amarillo.

That's why the jewelry is being recalled.

And that's why we're alerting you...

Here are the necklaces...

They were sold at Claire's between December 2005 and 2006.

We have one in Westgate Mall.

So take a good look.

Necklaces with metal pendants shaped as monkeys, dolphins, frogs and fairies holding colored marbles are all being recalled.

That also includes "est friends forever" necklaces with rhinestones, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

NewsChannel 10's Blaire Arvin continues our coverage on this health hazard.

She has critical information you need to hear if you think you're child is in danger.

Kids six and younger are most at risk for lead poisoning.

So if your child has one of the recalled necklaces they need to stop wearing it right now.

It may hard to detect at first.

But if your child is sporting one of these.

They could have it -- lead poisoning.

"Children six and under are at a higher risk... for one their body mass... second their behavior, putting their hands in their mouth," says Ronica Farrar, with the Texas Panhandle Poison Center.

Signs and symptoms to look out for...

"Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin irritation... with long term exposure, children can experience learning disabilities, chronic problems," she says.

But, lead poisoning is preventable... and treatable if discovered early.

"Take the necklace away, don't let them have it anymore and if you know they've sucked on it, talk to your pediatrician about it," she says.

You can also call the Texas Panhandle Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for more information.

And if you want to return the necklace, call Claire's at 1-866-859-9281, Monday through Friday.

Now we checked to see if there've been any cases of lead poisoning in regards to the recall...

Officials tell us none have been reported at this time.

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