Consumer product recall

George Best Friend Necklaces recalled due to lead in excess of allowable limits

Starting date:
April 25, 2019
Posting date:
April 25, 2019
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Children's Products, Jewellery
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Chemical Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Last updated: 2019-04-25


  • Product:
    George Best Friend Necklaces
  • Issue:
    The recalled jewellery contains lead in excess of allowable limits.
  • What to do:
    Consumers should immediately take the recalled jewellery away from children and dispose of the products.

Affected products

George Best Friend Necklaces

Product description

This recall involves 2 metallic necklaces sold together with chains approximately 7.5 inches (approximately 19 centimetres) in length.  One necklace comes with a panda pendant and the other comes with a fox pendant. Both necklaces also have a small BF charm.

UPC 6280055625166 can be found on the back of the product packaging.

Hazard identified

Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program has determined that the recalled jewellery contains lead in excess of allowable limits.

Under the Children's Jewellery Regulations of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, it is illegal to import, advertise or sell jewellery items that appeal primarily to children under 15 years of age and contain more than 90 mg/kg total lead.

Lead is highly toxic, especially to children. A range of serious health effects have been associated with exposure to lead and cadmium, including anemia, vomiting, diarrhea, heart and immune system. In extreme cases, there have been deaths.

As of April 12, 2019, the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada.

For more information on the risks and symptoms of lead exposure and cadmium exposure, visit the Government of Canada's website page Lead and cadmium in children's jewellery.

Number sold

Approximately 393 units of the affected product were sold at Walmart Canada retail locations in Canada.

Time period sold

The affected products were sold from October 2017 to April 2019.

Place of origin

Manufactured in Vietnam.



Rand Accessories Inc.





Wal-Mart Canada Corp.





Yeedo Trading Hanoi Co., Ltd.

Ha Nam Province


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What you should do

Consumers should immediately take the recalled jewellery away from children and dispose of the products.

For more information, consumers can contact Rand Accessories Inc. by telephone at 1-514-385-3482, extension246, Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST, or by email.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.