Children’s jewelry with lead recalled

first_imgWASHINGTON – More than a half-million pieces of Chinese-made children’s jewelry contaminated with lead are being recalled, it was announced Wednesday. The recalled merchandise involves 205,000 pieces sold by Family Dollar Stores Inc., 200,000 pieces sold by Michaels Stores Inc., 43,000 charm bracelets and tack pin sets sold by Big Lots Inc. and 45,000 stretchable bracelets imported by Cherrydale Fundraising LLC, 10,400 necklaces and bracelets manufactured by Colossal Jewelry & Accessories Inc., and 4,500 necklace and earring sets made by La Femme NY 2 Inc., officials announced. The enforcement action was a cooperative effort by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC said it was tipped about the hazardous jewerly by Cuomo’s office. In addition to the recall, a number of retailers, including Big Lots and Michaels, agreed in a settlement to immediately stop sales of lead-tainted jewelry. “Today’s metal jewelry recalls are a good example of when CPSC partners with a state agency that shares our commitment to protecting children from products with dangerous lead,” spokesman Scott Wolfson said. “Metal jewelry is a product where one child has died in the past and others have suffered lead poisoning.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsA total of 507,900 pieces were involved in the recall. The CPSC works with companies to issue recalls when it finds consumer goods that can be harmful. Most such recalls are voluntary. Under current regulations, children’s products found to have more than .06 percent lead are usually subject to a recall, in which the company must reimburse consumers for the value of the product, provide a replacement or offer a repair. In March 2006 a Minnesota boy died of lead poisoning after swallowing a metal pendant from a charm bracelet that came with a pair of Reebok shoes. That incident resulted in a recall. In December of last year the CPSC voted unanimously to move forward in a process that could ultimately lead to a ban on children’s jewelry containing more than .06 percent lead by weight. The commission is hoping to move to the next stage of enacting the ban before then end of January 2008. Other regional retailers who reached agreements with Cuomo’s office to discontinue sales of affected products include Pure Allure of Oceanside, and Buckwholesale.com, of Tucker, Ga., Dollar Days International of Scottsdale, Ariz. Cuomo commended Michaels Stores and Big Lots for acting quickly and “agreeing to safeguards against lead contamination.” In a statement, Michaels said it removed all Pure Allure products suspected of lead contamination from its store shelves when it learned about Cuomo’s investigation. The company added that it conducts routine checks with vendors and its own independent testing. Big Lots, which agreed to pay a $1,000 penalty under the settlement, has 1,300 discount stores nationwide.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Slovenian service provider Telekom Slovenije has a

first_imgSlovenian service provider Telekom Slovenije has added seven new channels to its programming line-up.The operator has added Sportklub Golf, Sportklub Golf HD, Grand 1, Grand 2, OK Bambino, Orlando Kids and Lov in Ribolov (Hunting and Fishing) to its channel line-up, taking the total offering to over 300 channels, including 45 in HD.Separately, the operator said that over 75% of customers were now using its seven-day catch-up TV service.Telekom Slovenije provides two TV offerings – SiOL TV and OTT TV service TViN. Subscribers also have access to a range of on-demand services via the DKino portal, such as Pickbox, Voyo, Minimax+ and HBO Go.The operator recently introduced a new mobile app providing remote control functionality to enable viewers to control both SiOL TV and TViN remotely.last_img read more

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Shipments of streaming media devices will reach ne

first_imgShipments of streaming media devices will reach nearly 56 million in 2022 as 4K compatibility becomes increasingly prevalent, according to ABI Research.The research predicts that in 2022, all streaming media adaptors shipping in North America and Western Europe will be able to deliver 4K video.“4K streaming devices represent about 35% and 24% of streaming device shipments in North America and Western Europe, respectively, in 2017,” said ABI Research managing director and vice president, Sam Rosen.“However, as penetration of 4K TVs grows, so will the revenue opportunities from Ultra HD definition purchases and rentals, as well as premium early release content.“Pricing premium for these formats represents substantial revenue opportunity for studios and streaming service providers, and this will drive a faster shift to 4K streaming media adapters.”last_img read more

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The UKs Digital Television Group DTG has publis

first_imgThe UK’s Digital Television Group (DTG) has published the latest version of the D-Book – the accepted technical standards for digital-terrestrial TV in the UK – including new requirements for HEVC, HDR and HFR.D-Book 11 provides requirements for implementation of HEVC, HDR and HFR where receivers support the technologies for broadcast. This is backed up by test coverage in the DTG Testing test suite. The aim of this is to prepare a large portion of installed receivers for a potential future service introduction, according to the DTG.The book also updated its HbbTV requirements to accommodate the updated HbbTV 2.0.2 specification and DVB-DASH.Other updates include one on RF testing to accommodate the clearance of 700MHz spectrum. The RF test process has been updated to test LTE co-existence performance in the 700MHz band instead of the 800MHz band. This will ensure that TVs are ready for the arrival of 5G mobile services in the coming years, according to the DTG.The DTG has also removed two standard-definition TV device profiles for receivers and recorders following digital-terrestrial platform provider Freeview’s withdrawal of its logo from SD TVs and set-top boxes last year.Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of the DTG said: “DTG has been specifying every television in the market for more than two decades, ensuring viewers enjoy a world-class experience. The pace of change and complexity for our industry increases every year, with PSB prominence and new technologies being discussed in Parliament. It is now more important than ever that industry collaborates to sustain the delivery of cutting technology with the levels of performance, quality, resilience and universality they expect from UK television. Bridging the old with the new and delivering a world-leading television experience for consumers wherever they are, on whatever device”Guy North, managing director, Freeview said: “In an increasingly complex market, the Freeview trademarks continue to provide consumers with the reassurance that they are purchasing a high-quality product. The D-Book ensures that all devices conforming to the new specification, and that carry the Freeview brand, will deliver consumers the very best viewing experience.”last_img read more

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