Warning: Don't suck on Miley Cyrus' Wal-Mart jewelry
What we can do is tell you that Wal-Mart stores are pulling Miley Cyrus-branded necklaces and bracelets from store shelves after testing done for the Associated Press revealed unacceptably high levels of cadmium.
Serendipitously in line with Miley's latest career moves, the China-made items are marked "not intended for children under 14 years."
The items arrived in stores starting in December; the AP says it told Wal-Mart in February about tests revealing the cadmium problem, though the chain kept the items on the market. Last month, Wal-Mart began requiring its suppliers to prove in advance that its items were cadmium copacetic.
From AP's story:
Representatives of the jewelry industry have argued that the presence of cadmium, even at high levels, is not by itself proof that an item is dangerous. The important thing, they say, is how much can escape if the item is sucked, bitten or swallowed.
Moral of the story: Don't eat the jewelry, boys and girls. Even if it's from the candy-coated world of the Miley Cyrus brand.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Small jewelry pieces -- some of which, the AP notes, are ONLY AN INCH LONG, which we assume is a scary thing -- were purchased from Wal-Marts across the country and independently analyzed for cadmium content. The results? There was too much cadmium in 'em, silly, or we wouldn't bother with this story. Credit: Phil Long / Associated Press
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