May 20, 2010
Yesterday, Wal-Marts in Philadelphia and across the country started clearing their shelves of Miley Cyrus brand jewelry. The metal necklaces and bracelets were found to contain high levels of the toxic substance cadmium in laboratory tests performed for the Associated Press. A joint statement issued by Wal-Mart, Cyrus and jewelry designer Max Azria said that although the jewelry was not marketed specifically to children, precautions were being taken because young fans of the Hanna Montana pop star could purchase the jewelry or receive it as a gift. While cadmium jewelry is not known to be toxic when worn, it presents a significant personal injury danger if sucked on or bitten, common behaviors in young children and a common nervous habit among elementary and middle school-aged children.
This is the latest of several cadmium scares to worry Philadelphia parents since January when the Associated Press first exposed the potential personal injury risk associated with children’s jewelry manufactured in China. Laboratory tests have revealed high levels of the toxic metal cadmium in the metal chains and charms of children’s jewelry made in China for sale in Philadelphia and across the U.S. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently began testing for cadmium and has recalled several children’s jewelry products sold at Wal-Mart, Claire’s and other retailers. Some recalled jewelry, including a popular Best Friends charm bracelet sold exclusively at Claire’s, was found to be 91% cadmium.
A known carcinogen, extended exposure to cadmium can cause serious personal injuries in young children, including kidney failure, brain development problems and bone damage. Philadelphia personal injury attorneys recommend parents remove suspicious metal jewelry from their children’s possession. If your child becomes ill or you notice behavioral changes, seek medical attention and contact a Philadelphia personal injury attorney for a free case evaluation.
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