And it looks like even the magical world of Disney is not exempt.
Federal consumer safety regulators recently announced the recall of "The Princess and The Frog" pendants sold at Walmart stores because of high levels of the toxic metal cadmium, in yet another unprecedented action that reflects the latest concerns regarding the safety of children's jewelry.
According to the AP, the recall affects two products, about 55,000 items in total, sold exclusively by the world's biggest retailer for $5 each. The action was taken voluntarily by Rhode Island-based jewelry company FAF Inc. In response, The Walt Disney Co. released a letter it sent to its vendors and licensees that sets a zero-tolerance policy for cadmium in any children's jewelry bearing its brand, a policy that is far stricter than federal regulations, which not only don't require testing for cadmium in children's jewelry but also set no upper limit for how much a product can contain.
In addition, Disney is now requiring that all products be tested for cadmium, and that a detection means production and distribution of the product should be stopped.
For more information about this recall, check out the CPSC website at http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/01/childrens-necklaces-recalled-due-to-serious-risk-of-cadmium/.
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