In April, Walmart began testing for cadmium in kids jewelry, toys, crafts, bibs, pacifiers and other child-care items saying that it did not want to wait until standards had been developed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The retailer is following cadmium standards set by the European Union
In its testing, Walmart found that its Miley Cyrus & Max Azria jewelry was tainted with cadmium and removed it from sale. The retailer emphasized that the jewelry was sold in its ladies apparel section and was "not intended for children." But given Miley's pre-teen fan base, it's not a stretch to imagine that children would be wearing her jewelry.
Railing against the "nanny state," Colbert issued a consumer alert—the t is silent—about Claire's recalled "best friends" bracelet. "What's a little cadmium among best friends?" he pondered. (Watch the video clip.)
After all, he pointed out, there is an upside: "These products laced with heavy metals are a great way to teach our kids about the periodic table." Indeed.
—Mary H.J. Farrell
How out of touch are you? Colbert is a comedian. The cadmium comments were humor. I think anyone with a bit of common sense realizes he is as appalled as you are about toxic toys. Maybe you should stick to reviewing cars and stay away from entertainment.