McDonald's Shrek Drinking Glasses Recalled Due to Cadmium Contamination

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This morning America woke up with a big shrek glass recall by McDonald's. Remember the cartoon-themed drinking glasses you had when you were younger? McDonald’s recently brought back the glassware as a promotion for the movie “Shrek-Forever After.” The company is voluntarily recalling the glasses after the Consumer Product Safety Commission warned that they tested positive for the toxic metal cadmium in the character paintings.

The designs on the 16-ounce glasses were made by ARC International in Millville, New Jersey. The metal is used to create reds and yellows in the paintings of the cartoon characters. The CPSC would not specify the amounts of cadmium that leached from the paint during testing, but did report that the levels were “slightly above the protective level currently being developed by the agency.”

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About 12 million of the glasses have been manufactured, and McDonald’s estimates that 7 million of those have been sold to consumers. They have only been available since May 21st, 2010, and sell for $2. No adverse incidents have been reported to the CPSC.

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"A very small amount of cadmium can come to the surface of the glass, and in order to be as protective as possible of children, CPSC and McDonald's worked together on this recall," CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson said. “McDonald’s acted swiftly to stop sale and is refunding the purchase price to anyone who returns the collectible glasses.”

Cadmium is a known carcinogenic and can also cause health effects such as bone softening and severe kidney problems. Brief inhalation of high concentrations of cadmium may cause lung disease. In the case of painted glasses, cadmium could leach from the paint onto a child’s hands and then enter the body if they then put the unwashed hand into their mouths.

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McDonald’s Corp is asking consumers to “immediately stop using the glass out of an abundance of caution.” For information on obtaining a full refund, contact McDonald’s weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm Eastern Time at 800-244-6227. The company will also provide information on their website at www.mcdonalds.com.

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