OAKLAND, CA— Consumer advocate nonprofit Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has announced it has reached legally binding agreements with seven fast-fashion companies to remove the toxic metal cadmium from jewelry sold in stores and online across the country. Independent testing commissioned by CEH had found jewelry items sold at major national retailers, mostly at Ross, contained high levels of cadmium; many had metal components that were over 90% cadmium. Cadmium is listed under Proposition 65 by California because it can cause reproductive harm and cancer. It is unnecessary to use cadmium to make jewelry and retailers had previously failed to warn consumers about this toxic threat. These latest legal agreements add to nearly 20 companies that have agreed to reduce cadmium content in jewelry over the last two years.