U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart announced Wednesday it was recalling Miley Cyrus-brand jewelry after learning it contained high levels of cadmium — a toxic metal known to cause kidney failure.
The Miley Cyrus & Max Azria jewelry which was sold in Wal-Mart stores across the country was deemed unsafe due to the carcinogenic properties of cadmium, a statement on Wal-Mart’s website said.
The jewelry is especially dangerous for children because they are more likely to touch their hands with the product and put their hands in their mouth. The cadmium in the jewelry can also be absorbed into the skin.
"The Miley Cyrus & Max Azria line is not for children. It is sold in our ladies apparel section and it was designed for and marketed to older audiences. However, it is possible that a few younger consumers may seek it out in stores,” the statement said.
Wal-Mart has removed all of the jewelry from shelves while it investigates, the statement added.