Wal-Mart has announced that they are in the process of reviewing Expertox’s lab results of elevated levels of lead, chromium and cadmium being found in two China-made pet toys sold at Wal-Mart.
The company was sent a copy of Expertox’s lab results on Friday. On Monday, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman asked ConsumerAffairs.com for the UPC codes of the two products in question and more information about the chew toys.
Melissa O’Brien, part of Wal-Mart’s corporate communications division, wrote: â€œAs soon as this detail is received we will involve our Compliance Safety group who can initiate testing among a sample with the independent labs we use that are government approved for product testing. We will follow up with our Compliance Safety group on this today and let you know our actions.â€
ConsumerAffairs.com contacted the FDA regarding the lab’s results, but the FDA does not regulate toys for pets. The FDA spokeswoman said she was unaware of any governmental agency with regulatory power over pet toys.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was also contacted regarding the results, but the organization has not responded to any questions. A spokeswoman for the American Pet Product Manufacturers Association said the CPSC will regulate pet toys if they assume those toys would come in contact with children.
A PetSmart spokesman said that their company routinely tests its pet toys for toxins.
Bruce Richardson, the company’s director of external communications, said: â€œWe do a lot of random testing of toys and other products. And to my knowledge we have never found any issues relative to this — particularly with lead — with the levels being above the ones established by the government. They fall well below those levels.â€
Richardson also stated: â€œWe expect that the people who are providing us with supplies — our vendors and manufacturers — are meeting U.S. governmental regulations. But in addition to that, we randomly pick toys for dogs and cats and test them for lead and other toxins.â€