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Feds expand scrutiny of kids' jewlery

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Posted: May 10, 2010 1:05 PM by Associated Press
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Topics: recall, children's jewelry, cadmium, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Best Friends charm bracelets, China, Claire's, WBRZ

Federal regulators are announcing another recall of children's jewelry with high levels of the toxic metal cadmium, and say they're expanding their investigation in an effort to keep dangerous items off store shelves in the first place.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission tells The Associated Press its inspectors at the nation's ports are now screening imported children's jewelry for cadmium.

On Monday, the agency announced the recall of about 19,000 "Best Friends" charm bracelets made in China and sold at the Claire's chain because of high levels of cadmium, which can harm the kidneys and bones and is a known carcinogen.

Agency scientists confirmed test results that AP reported in January, showing high levels of cadmium in the "Best Friends" bracelets sold at Claire's.

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