As Per Justin Pritchard's post on Sphere:
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 10) - Barred from using lead in children's jewelry because of its toxicity, some Chinese manufacturers have been substituting the more dangerous heavy metal cadmium in sparkling charm bracelets and shiny pendants being sold throughout the United States, an Associated Press investigation shows.The most contaminated piece analyzed in lab testing performed for the AP contained a startling 91 percent cadmium by weight. The cadmium content of other contaminated trinkets, all purchased at national and regional chains or franchises, tested at 89 percent, 86 percent and 84 percent by weight. The testing also showed that some items easily shed the heavy metal, raising additional concerns about the levels of exposure to children.Cadmium is a known carcinogen. Like lead, it can hinder brain development in the very young, according to recent research.
Charms from two "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" bracelets sold at a store in Rochester, N.Y., were found to have high levels of the toxic metal cadmium, an Associated Press investigation found.
When are we going to learn to not buy from China?