With the help of technology, IPEM – Institute of Weights and Measures – is closing the siege in the Amazon region against the production of jewelry made with heavy metals. The Institute is using the X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer to monitor traders, and looking for high concentrations of cadmium and lead. The new technology makes it possible to find these heavy metals, which are considered extremely harmful to health and the environment.
By adopting the measure, Amazonas will be part of the nine Brazilian states that will use the device to inspect local trade in place and try to find materials such as cadmium and lead, considered aggressive to the human body.
All commercial establishments will be inspected. If products with percentages of cadmium and lead above the permitted levels are identified, as established by Ordinance no. 43 of 2016 of the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (InMetro), they will be notified and, if not manifested, they will be subject to warning and even fine that can reach up to $ 1.5 million.
In Brazil, it is forbidden to sell jewelry with cadmium and lead concentrations equal to or greater than 0.01% and 0.03% of the metal present in the product, respectively. In addition to being harmful to the body, both substances are also harmful to the environment. Cadmium can impair kidney and liver function, as well as being a human carcinogen.