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Cadmium-containing Plates Recalled by Health Canada Due to Toxicity

A recall has been issued for plates that contain an element Health Canada is calling a “chemical hazard.”

The lilac-hued Elin dessert plates sold by Anthropologie are being recalled for containing cadmium “in excess of allowable limits,” Health Canada said in its March 21 advisory.

Cadmium is a chemical element that is similar to zinc and mercury and can result in damage to the kidneys, liver, and heart.

“Cadmium is highly toxic, especially to children,” Health Canada said. “Immediately stop using the recalled products and dispose of them in regular household trash.”

Other health effects associated with cadmium exposure include anemia, vomiting, diarrhea, weakened immune system, serious brain injury, convulsions, and coma, Health Canada said. In extreme cases, it can also cause death.

The recall does not apply to all Elin dessert plates, the agency said. Only the lilac plates, which are adorned with orange mushroom, moth, and fern designs, were exposed. The China-made plates measure 21 centimetres in diameter and have scalloped edges.

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The company said 229 plates were sold in Canada between June 2022 and February 2024. No injuries or incidents had been reported at the time the recall was issued.

Anthropologie is notifying all online purchasers of the plate recall via email. Customers can request a full refund for the plates by email or through the company website. Those who purchased them in-store can return the plates to any Anthropologie store for a refund.
The hand-painted, glazed stoneware plates are currently listed as “out of stock” on Anthropologie’s Canadian website. Dinner plates in the collection are available for $26 each before taxes.
Anthropologie, which is owned by URBN, has nine stores in Canada. Three are in the GTA, two in Alberta and one each in Ottawa, Quebec, Manitoba, and B.C.

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