Miley Cyrus' brand of jewelry is the latest item to be pulled from shelves in a string of children's jewelry recalls. Wal-Mart announced Wednesday that it would pull the entire line of Miley Cyrus-brand necklaces and bracelets from its shelves after tests performed for The Associated Press found the jewelry contained high levels of cadmium.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which manages Walmart retail outlets, learned about the cadmium content of the Miley Cyrus jewelry, as well as other children's jewelry, back in February, based on an earlier round of testing conducted at AP's request. Testing of 61 samples bought by AP reporters across the country from the Miley Cyrus line and from an unrelated line of bracelet charms showed that 59 of the pieces contained at least 5 percent cadmium by weight, with 53 of those measuring 10 percent or higher.
But up until this week, the giant big-box conglomerate had continued selling the items, saying it would be too difficult to test products already on its shelves.
Now their position has changed. In a statement released this week, Wal-Mart announced that its stores "are removing all of the jewelry from sale while we investigate its compliance with our children's jewelry standard." That was a reference to a policy Wal-Mart voluntarily implemented last month, under which suppliers are required to prove their products do not contain cadmium, or else Wal-Mart would not accept them.