An investigation has begun regarding the toxicity of children’s jewelry imported from China.

Los Angeles (WiredPRNews.com) – U.S. product safety officials have reportedly begun an investigation into the toxicity levels of imported children’s jewelry from China. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the investigation comes following reports that the jewelry contained the toxic metal cadmium as indicated by earlier lab tests.

As quoted by the AP, authorities promised to “take action as quickly as possible to protect the safety of children.” As noted in the report, cadmium is known as a carcinogen. Bruce A. Fowler, a cadmium specialist and toxicologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is quoted as stating of the metal, “There’s nothing positive that you can say about this metal. It’s a poison.”

The jewelry in question includes charm bracelets and pendants sold through various retailers in the U.S.

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