What: After numerous violations of a ban that prohibits a certain amount of lead paint on products, some manufacturers have begun using cadmium, a more toxic chemical, in its place. Chronic cadmium ingestion results in kidney damage that is indicated by the presence of specific proteins in the urine, according to the CPSC
Where: In a study organized by the Associated Press
, 103 toys purchased in New York, Ohio, Texas and California were tested for the toxic chemical cadmium and 12% contained at least 10% of the chemical. And many of the more cadmium-covered pieces were charms bought at Wal-Mart (Stock Quote: WMT
), Claire's and dollar stores. Additionally, The Princess and The Frog
movie-themed pendants were found to have high cadmium levels.
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