Walmart bows to public pressure, but claims line was not for children.
Walmart has announced the withdrawal of its Miley Cyrus & Azria jeweller line after it was discovered to contain the poison cadmium.
The conglomerate has adopted British Safety Standards, the only standard in the world for cadmium in children’s products and applied it to children’s jewellery.
The company learnt of the cadmium content in February, 2010, after it performed tests at the request of The Associated Press. Walmart decided to only apply its findings to jewellery manufactured after 9 April, but claims it voluntarily removed all children’s jewellery containing cadmium manufactured before this date. It emphasises that the Miley Cyrus and Max Azria line was designed and manufactured for older audiences as part of its ladies apparel section.
After US journalists found jewellery on the company’s list of cadmium contaminated products was still being sold in stores across the country, Walmart reviewed its decision and yesterday volunteered to immediately withdraw its Miley Cyrus & Max Azria line.
A Walmart product safety spokesman said: “ Customers must be confused about all the scary headlines we have seen about cadmium… Cadmium in jewellery is only harmful if you swallow it. If you have got some old kid’s jewellery in your house, just keep it away from children who are young enough to put it in their mouth.”
Cadmium and its compounds are extremely toxic even in low concentrations and may cause bone softening, and immediate poisoning to the liver and kidneys. The damage is irreversible and can be fatal. Compounds containing cadmium are also carcinogenic.