Walmart to Start Testing Toys for Toxic Cadmium

Walmart to Start Testing Toys for Toxic Cadmium

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Walmart has started testing products it intends to sell to see how much of the toxic chemical cadmium they contain, the Associated Press reported.

The United States does not regulate the amount of cadmium, a known carcinogen, allowed in products.

Earlier this year, the AP launched an investigation into kids' jewelry that found 14 products with high levels of cadmium at major stores, including three bracelet charms from Walmart that were 84-86 percent cadmium.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission wants to set a limit on the chemical, and Walmart explained what it has been doing at a hearing held by the commission.

Walmart is not testing products that are currently in stores, but is testing children's jewelry, toys, pacifiers and similar items made after April 9 that will eventually end up in stores. The company did not say how many products it tested, but it did say that no product failed its tests. The AP reports:
 

Wal-Mart's new testing regimen follows cadmium standards set by the European Union, according to Peggy Fowler, the chain's senior director of product safety and regulatory compliance. She told agency staff that Wal-Mart wants U.S. regulators to devise a standard for acceptable cadmium levels as soon as possible - and that in the meantime, the company is working off the European model.


The E.U.'s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive limits cadmium to 100 parts per million, or 0.01 percent, by weight of any material or substance in a product that could be separated.

Cadmium is one of the toxic substances that the Ecology Center tests kids' products for, and the group posts the results on HealthyStuff.org. Last year it tested 737 products and found 3.3 percent (22) contained cadmium at more than 100 parts per million.

 

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