Friday, May 21, 2010

Wal-Mart Stops Selling Miley Cyrus Necklaces Due to Toxicity Concerns

Retailers can be held liable in a product liability lawsuit if the product they are selling caused injury to other people. This may be the primary reason why Wal-Mart has decided to pull out a line of necklaces, which were made after 17-year-old singer and actress Miley Cyrus, after several tests revealed that they have high levels of metal cadmium.

According to reports, the retailer issued the statement hours after the initial findings were released. It announced that the jewelry will be removed while investigation is being conducted.

Wal-Mart also said that though children are not the intended buyers of the necklace, there is still a chance that some of them might try to look for it in stores.

Cadmium, which is a toxic substance, will not be dangerous if the jewelry containing it is simply worn. However, problems may arise if children suck or bite the necklace, like many of them would have done.

Long-term exposure to this substance can result in kidney failure and bone softening. In addition, research findings revealed that it can stop a child’s brain development, just like the effect of lead.