Wal-Mart Pulls Cadmium-Laced Miley Cyrus Jewelry From StoresMay 20, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
Wal-Mart is pulling some Miley Cyrus-branded jewelry and trinkets from store shelves, after they were found to contain high levels of cadmium.
According to the Associated Press, it had informed Wal-Mart that 3 Miley Cyrus products, as well as 10 bracelet charms from another line, contained cadmium in February, after commissioning tests for its own investigation. Wal-Mart had continued selling the toxic jewelry, saying it would be too difficult to test products already on its shelves.
Cadmium is a known carcinogen, and can interfere with brain development in very young children. Long-term exposure to cadmium can lead to bone softening and kidney failure. On the Centers for Disease Control’s priority list of 275 most hazardous substances in the environment, cadmium ranks No. 7. Kids can ingest the cadmium in jewelry by sucking or biting it.
In January, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) warned consumers to throw away any cheap, Chinese-made children’s jewelry they might have because of the risk it could contain cadmium at hazardous levels
Last month, the Associated Press sent reporters to Wal-Mart stores in 8 states to see if any of the 3 Miley Cyrus trinkets or 10 charms were still being sold. All but one of the products were found, and reporters purchased a total of 61 pieces. The Associated Press did note that the items were marked “not intended for children under 14 years.”
The Associated Press commissioned new tests on the items, which revealed that 59 pieces contained at least 5 percent cadmium by weight, with 53 of those measuring 10 percent or higher.
Wal-Mart announced it would pull the Miley Cyrus pieces this morning, a day after the Associated Press reported the results of its investigation. Wal-Mart said in a statement that while the jewelry is not intended for children, “it is possible that a few younger consumers may seek it out in stores.”
According to the Associated Press, the company’s policy of not checking products already on the shelves appears to have changed: In its statement, Wal-Mart said it reviewed children’s jewelry and pulled “the few products that did not” comply with its new testing regimen.
The Wal-Mart statement did not say whether it would also remove the bracelet charms.