Miley Cyrus brand jewelry is being pulled from Wal-Mart after tests performed for The Associated Press found they contained high levels of the toxic metal cadmium.
Walmart released a statement saying it would “remove all of the jewelry from sale” while it investigates.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had learned of cadmium in the Miley Cyrus jewelry, as well as in an unrelated line of bracelet charms, back in February, based on an earlier round of testing conducted at AP’s request, but had continued selling the items. It said as recently as last month that it would be too difficult to test products already on its shelves.
The items are not known to be dangerous if they are worn but concerns come when youngsters bite or suck on the jewelry, as many children are likely to do.
Long-term exposure to cadmium can lead to bone softening and kidney failure. It is also a known carcinogen, and research suggests that it can also hinder brain development in the very young. That’s scary!!