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The good news for parents keeps on coming. Here is another round up:

Wal-Mart Pulls Cadmium-Laced Jewelry

The world’s largest retailer responded to an Associated Press report by pulling its entire line of Miley Cyrus necklaces from shelves because of cadmium contamination, reports The Associated Press via The Washington Post.

While Wal-Mart may sound like it’s being responsible here, keep in mind that The Associated Press first found the toxic metal in some Wal-Mart jewelry back in January. Wal-Mart’s position at the time: it could not afford to check products already on store shelves.

Perhaps it’s the other way around.

Sweets to be Removed From School Vending Machines?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture may soon have the authority to regulate nutrition standards for food outside the lunchroom, reports the Chicago Tribune. Of course, this is the same agency that counts fat-laden French fries as a vegetable, but I’m sure we can trust them. (It’s not like they ever favor big food makers or anything.)

Vending machine companies are supportive of a federal law because they would no longer have to navigate the mix-and-match regulations of states, counties and school districts.

BPA Still Getting Into Food

You remember Bisphenol A, that nasty chemical found in plastic bottles? Yeah, it’s the same one that forced us all to start buying stainless steel water bottles.

Well, don’t think you’ve removed it from your diet yet, especially if you eat canned food. BPA was found in a range of concentrations in cans containing soda, fruits, vegetables, soups, milk and even fish, reports the Gary Post-Tribune.

Everyone disagrees about how safe BPA is, though entire countries have banned the stuff because they fear it causes hormonal and developmental problems in young children.

Oh, did you think glass bottles are safe? Well, they would be except that BPA also was found on the often coated underside of lids!

Clues to the Johnson & Johnson’s Mystery Recall

Remember that mysterious recall of children’s Tylenol, Benadryl, Motrin and Zyrtec in April? It turns out that the medicine may have indeed been contaminated with bacteria, reports The Associated Press via the Peoria Journal Star.

But don’t worry, the Food and Drug Administration says the whole thing was no big deal:

“We think the risk to consumers at this point is remote,” said Deborah Autor, director of FDA’s drug compliance office, in a call with reporters.

Of course, they also said:

The FDA reiterated that serious medical problems with the products are unlikely but advised consumers to stop using the medicine as a precaution. Parents are instructed to use generic alternatives instead.

Encouraging consumers to use generics is a huge slap in the face of name brand companies that spend a fortune on lobbying against cheap competitors, so my guess is the problem was more severe than the FDA is revealing.

Mercury Found in Some Skin Whitening Creams, Newspaper Finds

Okay, this one is more for parents: You might want to think twice about using skin whitening creams since the Chicago Tribune found some contain high levels of mercury.

Actually, only six of the 50 tested creams had more mercury than allowed by law. The bigger problem is as always with the FDA:

The Food and Drug Administration banned mercury in skin-bleaching or lightening products in 1990, but the agency rarely tests the products to see if consumers are at risk. The Tribune’s tests – among only a handful ever conducted – show that tainted products are still readily available.

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