All Miley Cyrus & Max Azria brand jewelry sold at Wal-Mart Stores is being recalled because the items could be covered in unsafe levels of cadmium, a chemical used to create certain pigments and considered more dangerous than lead.
Manufacturers have switched to putting cadmium into paints used on jewelry, trinkets and toys instead of lead following numerous recalls of lead-tainted products announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission during the past few years.
While Wal-Mart (Stock Quote: WMT) says the recalled Miley Cyrus & Max Azria line of jewelry is meant for adult fans of the tween idol and is not intended for children, the retail giant says it’s recalling the products because younger consumers might buy the jewelry as well.
Wal-Mart says the company itself has set its own standard for so-called “safe” cadmium levels in children’s products since the U.S. doesn’t have its own.
Wal-Mart became aware of cadmium on the Miley Cyrus & Max Azria accessories following a nationwide investigation by the Associated Press, according to the news agency. It’s unclear how many pieces of jewelry are affected by the recall, but the items were sold exclusively at Wal-Mart for $6 or less, according to the AP.
Cadmium is linked to an increased risk of lung cancer as well as kidney disease and could lead to low-birthweight babies and impaired brain development, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Miley Cyrus & Max Azria accessories are part of a clothing line launched last summer in conjunction with Miley Cyrus’s concert tour, which Wal-Mart sponsored.
Wal-Mart recalled Disney (Stock Quote: DIS) movie-themed The Princess and the Frog necklaces earlier this year due to cadmium levels on the jewelry.
In a separate recall of children’s products, Target (Stock Quote: TGT) is pulling about 44,000 Rashti & Rashti pink giraffe security blankets off its shelves due to a choking hazard posed by a decoration on the blanket. The blankets were sold exclusively at Target between January 2009 and August 2009 for about $9. For more information on the recall, visit cpsc.gov.