Kids Jewelry From China Could Be Toxic

March 8, 2011 Updated Mar 8, 2011 at 9:30 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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March 8, 2011 Updated Mar 8, 2011 at 9:30 PM EDT

(WKBW/ABC News) All last week, ABC News featured stories of products "Made in America".

Now, doctors say when it comes to costume jewelry for the kids, it's safer to look for the USA label.

A study from Ashland University found that some of that cheap children's jewelry imported from China may be contaminated with cadmium.

It's a soft bluish-white metal that's extremely toxic. If ingested, cadmium can cause kidney, bone, lung and liver disease.

Researchers found if placed in the mouth or swallowed, some of them could release up to 100 times the recommended maximum limit for cadmium.

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