Consumer product recall

Great Pretenders® recalls Best Friends Necklace Set due to lead and cadmium in excess of allowable limits

Starting date:
May 7, 2019
Posting date:
May 7, 2019
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Children's Products, Jewellery
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Chemical Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Last updated: 2019-05-15


  • Product:
    Great Pretenders® Best Friends: Necklace Set
  • Issue:
    The recalled jewellery contains lead and cadmium in excess of allowable limit.
  • What to do:
    Immediately take the recalled jewellery from children and dispose of the products.

Affected products

Great Pretenders® Best Friends: Necklace Set

Product description

This recall involves a long pink, silver and magenta beaded necklace that is 7.5 inches (approximately 19 centimetres) in length. The beaded necklace set features matching pendants that come together to create a pink flower with the words "Best Friends".

Item number 86007, Lot number 4795, UPC 771877860072 and date code 11/01/18 can be found on the back packaging of the necklace set.

Hazard identified

Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program has determined that the recalled jewellery contains lead and cadmium 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 and 130 mg/kg of cadmium.

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 and other effects on the heart and immune system. In extreme cases, there have been deaths.

As of April 30, 2019, Creative Education of Canada, Inc. has received no reports of incidents in Canada and no reports of injuries.

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 798 units of the affected products were sold in Canada.

Time period sold

The affected products were sold from January 2019 to April 2019.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.



Espire Creations Ltd.

Guangdong Province



Creative Educations of Canada, Inc.

Point Edward



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What you should do

Consumers should immediately take the recalled jewellery away from children, cut the cord of the necklace, and dispose of the products.

For more information, consumers may contact Creative Education of Canada, Inc. by telephone toll-free at 1-800-337-5685, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, by email or by visiting the company's website.

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.