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McDonald's Recalls Shrek Glasses Over Cadmium

Posted by Jane Akre
Friday, June 04, 2010 11:33 AM EST
Category: Protecting Your Family
Tags: Cadmium, CPSC, McDonald's, Claire's, Toxic Metals, Children's Health, Rep. Speier


IMAGE SOURCE: CPSC Web site, Shrek glasses

Take back those Shrek glasses you got from McDonald’s.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled 12 million of the glasses, a promotional tie-in to the new Shrek movie, because they contain the toxic metal cadmium.

The glasses do not pose an “acute” risk says the CPSC, as the cadmium is just slightly above the standard that is being considered by the CPSC.

The cadmium contamination came to light after an anonymous whistleblower contacted the office of Democratic Representative Jackie Speier from California, reports Reuters.

“Our children’s health should not depend on the consciences of anonymous sources, Speier said in a statement on her Web site.

Consumers can go to www.mcdonalds.com/glasses for information on a refund beginning June 8.

Shrek Forever

Parents can identify the collectable glasses as promoting the movie “Shrek Forever After,” which opened May 21. The 16 ounce glasses come in four designs featuring Shrek, Fiona, Puss n’ Boots, and Donkey. The glasses sold for about $2 each.

The Shrek glasses are made by ARC International in Millville, New Jersey. Cadmium can cause bones to soften and severe kidney problems with long-term exposure, says the CPSC.

When children’s jewelry from Claire’s was recently recalled over cadmium, IB News reported that the agency does not yet have a recommended safety standard.

McDonald’s in a release is asking consumers not to use the glasses, “out of an abundance of caution.” The Wall Street Journal reports the lapse is unusual for McDonald’s “which is known for tough oversight of suppliers.”

The last time McDonald’s issued a recall over a controversial product was in 2002 when 100,000 Chicago Bears bobble heads were found to contain excess lead, reports Reuters. #

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