Children’s jewelry is once again a source of concern for parents. This time the problem is with the amount of cadmium that has been found in Miley Cyrus-brand necklaces and bracelets that have been sold at Walmart stores. These products are now being removed from the shelves at the Walmart stores.
Associated Press has led the investigation in this matter. AP discovered the problem with the Miley Cyrus jewelry earlier this year, and although Walmart was apprised of the problem in February the stores continued to carry and sell the jewelry until AP followed through with a second round of testing.
The Associated Press article gives details on the testing process used and the dangers that such jewelry may pose for children.
Parents are urged to read the entire article: ‘AP IMPACT: Wal-Mart pulls jewelry over cadmium.’
The Associated Press is to be highly commended for its role in helping to keep our children safe.
On May 12 I published an article entitled: ‘Best Friends’ Bracelets Recalled: High Levels of Cadmium (VIDEO).’
At that time I wrote: ‘A popular kids’ jewelry item called “Best Friends” bracelets has been recalled off the shelves. Walmart and Claire’s stores have been specifically named as stores participating in this recall.’
On May 7 we had the lettuce recall: Lettuce Recall in 23 States: E. Coli Link?.
On May 1 we had the recall of children’s cold and allergy medicines: Doctors Warn Using Recalled Children’s Cold Meds Dangerous.
FDA Safety Website
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a safety website entitled: Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts. If you take a look at the list for May, you will see that the lettuce recall is included with the other items of concern that were listed In May.
You may also sign up to receive email notification of recalls, market withdrawals and safety alerts.
It is important that consumers remain on the alert for harmful products, although the FDA alerts seem to be issued only after some people already have received adverse reactions or injuries.
It should not be risky business to eat lettuce, take some cold medicine or allow your child to wear a necklace. The problem with the Miley Cyrus-brand necklaces and bracelets was not found by a governmental agency, but rather because of the investigation of a news agency. (AP IMPACT: Wal-Mart pulls jewelry over cadmium).
It is hard to measure how safe consumers are, but it is clear that safety standards that are in place by federal agencies are not enough to protect us in all situations.
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