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Wal-Mart Yanks Toxin-Tainted Miley Cyrus Jewelry

AP investigation finds high levels of cadmium
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2010 3:37 AM CDT
Wal-Mart Yanks Toxic Miley Cyrus Jewelry
Miley Cyrus' line of jewelry has been yanked from Wal-Mart shelves after AP found toxic levels of cadmium in the jewelry.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

(Newser) – Wal-Mart is yanking a line of Miley Cyrus bracelets and necklaces after an Associated Press investigation turned up dangerous levels of toxic cadmium in the jewelry. Long-term exposure to cadmium, a known carcinogen, can lead to bone softening and kidney failure, and hinder brain development in the young. It's only a problem in jewelry if a child sucks or chews on it. The jewelry line, designed by Max Azria, has been sold exclusively by Wal-Mart since December.

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Wal-Mart said in a joint statement with Cyrus and Asria that while the jewelry is not intended for children, "it is possible that a few younger consumers may seek it out in stores," adding:" We are removing all of the jewelry from sale while we investigate its compliance with our children's jewelry standard." An unrelated line of charms sold under the name "Fashion Accessories" was also found to contain high levels of cadmium and is also being pulled from shelves. (Read more Miley Cyrus stories.)

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