Editors note: This statement was originally issued on January 11, 2010. Additional statements were issued on January. 29, 2010 and on April 26, 2010.
January 11, 2010
We know our customers are concerned about product safety, particularly as it relates to children's products, and so are we. We will immediately remove from sale those items identified in recent media reports regarding cadmium while our own investigation is being completed, and until more is known.
The findings in this report are troubling and as the world's largest retailer we have a responsibility to take swift action and we're doing so. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers and associates. We will actively participate in the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s investigation, along with suppliers and industry associations, to provide any assistance as they determine what the standards should be.