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On January 10, 2010, the Associated Press reported results of laboratory tests of 103 pieces of low-priced jewelry manufactured in China and sold by American retailers. The AP determined that 12 of these pieces contained high levels of cadmium, a known carcinogen that is suspected to hinder brain development in young children. All of the items in question were found to contain cadmium levels of at least 10 percent, with some of the items containing cadmium levels in excess of 80 percent.

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