ST. PAUL, Minn. – Some children’s jewelry has been recalled due to toxic levels of cadmium.
The action was taken after a joint investigation by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. 89 children’s jewelry products were purchased, both in store and online, and lab testing found three products with extremely high levels of cadmium.
Officials say some companies use it as a cheaper substitute for lead but cadmium exposure is associated with delayed brain development, kidney and bone damage, and cancer, so it is highly restricted in items for children.
Retailers were notified that their products were in violation of Minnesota law and voluntary recalls were issued and refunds given to customers. Officials say an investigation is continuing, focused on identifying the manufacturers of the dangerous items and other retailers that may be selling them.