The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)has announced the recall of 137,000 pieces of Kids jewelery due to the productscontaing high levels of cadmium.
New Albany, Ohio importer/distributor Tween Brands Inc. ordered the recall once the high levels of the dangerous chemical were found in the defective products, so as to avoid any potential personal injury cases they could be faced with.
Cadmium ranks No. 7 on the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) priority list of 275 most hazardous substances in the environment. Exposure to it can cause problems with the brain development of small infants and long periods of exposure can lead to bone softening and kidney failure.
As regulations regarding the amount of lead in products grow stricter, more and more recalls of products containing cadmium are occurring, most recently a massive recall of 12 million "Shrek" drinking glasses, which led to Congress beginning an investigation into cadmium and it's presence in products.