Walmart stores have begun testing for cadmium in kid’s products, including toys, bibs, pacifiers and various other child-care items.
Cadmium is a known carcinogen that can easily shed onto the hands of users, raising additional concern about a child’s cumulative exposure.
In January, an AP investigation found that some Chinese manufacturers had been using cadmium as a substitute for lead. AP performed lab tests and found up to 91 percent cadmium in the most contaminated piece. Other shiny trinkets, purchased nationally at retail chains, weighed in at 84 to 89 percent cadmium.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is working to develop standards for cadium. But, according to a Walmart press release, the company didn’t want to wait and have begun its own testing following standards set by the European Union.