About 55,000 children's metal necklaces have been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and FAF Inc. because they contain high levels of cadmium, which "is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects."
The recalled necklaces were made in China and sold at Walmart from November 2009 through January 2010 for $5 and include Disney "The Princess and the Frog" crown and frog pendants. The recalled necklaces can be returned to Walmart for a refund or replacement.
Keep in mind that this type of inexpensive children's jewelry has long been a safety hazard to kids -- first from a risk of lead poisoning and now because of other toxic metals, including cadmium, antimony and barium.
To keep kids safe, parents should avoid buying new cheap metal jewelry for your kids, check older jewelry to make sure it hasn't been recalled, and encourage kids who do play with cheap metal jewelry to avoid putting the jewelry in their mouths, since chewing, sucking on, or swallowing a piece of children's jewelry is the main way that your child will be harmed by any hazardous metals that they may have been made with.