Jewelry from two entire lines being sold exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide, including bracelets and necklaces branded by Miley Cyrus, contains high levels of the toxic metal cadmium, according to an Associated Press investigation.
The AP in January reported that small businesses in the United States had been importing large lots of the jewelry from Chinese factories contaminated with the element, which like lead can hinder brain development in young children, according to recent research. It also causes cancer.
While U.S. government regulators and retail outlets had been focused on the health effects of lead, cadmium-contaminated products were flowing into the country "under the radar."
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