Cadmium is a naturally occurring metal that, if ingested, can weaken bones, lead to kidney failure and hinder brain development. Exposure is especially concerning in necklaces that may be chewed on.
This is just the latest in a spate of cadmium related product recalls that include Shrek cups and Miley Cyrus brand jewelry. There’s no clear reason why manufacturers, all from China, have turned to cadmium. But plummeting prices of cadmium and closer regulation of lead could be a contributing factor.
For more information about which products are affected try Tween Brands recall hot line at 800-934-4497.