UPDATE: Walmart apologizes for Christmas sweater

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NEW YORK (WLNS) – Walmart Canada is saying sorry for making available a Christmas sweater with an apparent drug reference.

The sweater has an image of Santa Claus behind a table with three white lines that look similar to cocaine lines. Below the image is the phrase “Let it snow.”

“We all know how snow works. It’s white, powdery and the best snow comes straight from South America,” read the product description on Walmart’s website. “That’s bad news for jolly old St. Nick, who lives far away in the North Pole.”

The Global News, a Canadian news organization, first reported the apology.

“These sweaters, sold by a third-party seller on Walmart.ca, do not represent Walmart’s values and have no place on our website,” Walmart said in a statement on Saturday. “We have removed these products from our marketplace. We apologize for any unintended offence this may have caused.”

Third-party sellers are able to make products available on Walmart Marketplace.

Walmart has faced similar issues before. In 2017, the company apologized for an offensive slur used by a third-party seller in a product listing on its website, according to a report by CNN.

Earlier this month, Amazon removed items featuring images of the Auschwitz concentration camps.

Pictures of the Nazi death camp complex were used on a variety of tree ornaments, a mouse pad and a bottle opener, which the Auschwitz Memorial described as “disturbing and disrespectful.”

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