Feds Fumble Crackdown on Cadmium in Children's Jewelry

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - An investigation by The Associated Press shows that federal product safety regulators did not try to recall jewelry tainted with the toxic metal cadmium, despite their vow to keep the trinkets out of children's hands.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission also has not warned parents about contaminated items already in their homes.

AP did testing to check how much contaminated jewelry remains on store shelves since the news agency's original investigation in 2010. Tests showed that jewelry bought in some small shops contained cadmium.

Federal regulators say they have done a great deal to limit children's exposure.

Kids bite, lick and swallow jewelry. If enough cadmium gets into the body it can cripple kidneys and bones, and cause cancer.