More than a half-million pieces of Chinese-made children's jewelry contaminated with lead are being recalled.
The recalled merchandise includes 205,000 pieces sold by Family Dollar Stores, 200,000 pieces sold by Michaels Stores and 43,000 charm bracelets and tack pin sets sold by Big Lots.
Federal regulatory authorities carried out the action in cooperation with New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
The Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission says it was tipped about the hazardous jewelry by Cuomo's office. Cuomo's office says that in addition to the recall, a number of retailers agreed in a settlement to immediately stop sales of lead-tainted jewelry.
The CPSC works with companies to issue recalls when it finds consumer goods that can be harmful. Most such recalls are voluntary.
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