Necklaces sold by Walmart as souvenirs of Disney's most recent princess movie -- "The Princess and the Frog" -- are being recalled because of high levels of the heavy metal cadmium, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
The recall by jewelry and trinket maker F.A.F. Inc. was prompted by Disney, which made it clear that it would not allow makers of its licensed merchandise to produce them with cadmium. Walmart recently cleared its shelves of products that tests had shown contained cadmium. Walmart also said it would work with the CPSC as the safety agency decided how to handle the unregulated carcinogen, which is also toxic to young children.
Cadmium is being used in some children's products in place of lead, which is not tolerated in children's products due to the risk of brain damage and other effects on children.
The CPSC said the Chinese-made necklaces -- one shaped like a crown, the other like a frog -- should be taken away from children. The CPSC has already said parents and caregivers should take away any cheap jewelry from children who are likely to lick or suck on the jewelry.
The 55,000 necklaces being recalled were sold only at Walmart stores from November 2009 until January 2010 for $5.
The necklaces should be returned to Walmart, which will either provide a replacement product or a full refund.
Walmart issued a statement explaining that since its announcement two weeks ago that it had stopped selling children's products known to contain cadmium, the company continues to pursue the matter.
"The items are currently being tested to see how we can responsibly manage and destroy them, and they will not be offered for sale anywhere," Walmart said in the statement posted to its Web site. "We continue to actively participate in the Consumer Product Safety Commission's investigation, along with suppliers and industry associations, as they determine what the standards should be."
For more information on the recall, contact F.A.F. weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (800) 949-3311.
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