The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of about 19,000 children’s charm bracelets manufactured in China and sold at American accessories chain Claire’s (CLE.NYSE), AP reported. The "Best Friends" bracelet sets were found to contain the toxic medal cadmium, which in high levels is a known carcinogen and can harm kidneys and bones. The item was exclusively sold at Claire’s, a jewelry store with more than 3,000 outlets in North America and Europe. The CPSC identified the manufacturer as Dae Yeon Industries in China. Prior to this year, no consumer product in the US had been recalled because of cadmium. Regulators said that more recalls are in the works, as agency inspectors have been screening jewelry imports for cadmium at the country’s 10 largest ports.
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