Step Away From the Shrek Glass

McDonald's recalls 12 million drinking glasses because of a hazardous chemical

Step Away From the Shrek Glass

McDonald’s recalls 12 million drinking glasses because of a hazardous chemical.

-Jane Farrell

Shrek drinking glasses

Looks like Shrek, Fiona, Puss ‘n’ Boots and Donkey are funnier in the movies than in real life.

McDonald’s, which sold 12 million Shrek Forever After 3-D drinking glasses in May and June, is recalling every single one of them because the decorations on the glass are tainted with the hazardous chemical cadmium, according to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission.

In a statement on its website (, the CPSC said exposure to cadmium can lead to “adverse health effects.” (Studies have found that there is a connection between cadmium and a variety of serious illnesses, including cancer.) Although no incidents of cadmium poisoning have been reported the fast-food giant decided to recall the glasses after a test for cadmium came back positive.

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McDonald’s asked all consumers who bought the glasses to stop using them immediately. For information about a refund, visit A hotline is available at 800-244-6227 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday.

According to The Christian Science Monitor, the cadmium was discovered after a tipster phoned the office of Rep. Jackie Spiers (D-Calif.). Her office contacted the CDC and sent glasses for testing.

In a statement, Spiers said, “Our children’s health should not depend on the consciences of anonymous sources. Although McDonald’s did the right thing by recalling these products, we need stronger testing standards to ensure that all children’s products are proven safe before they hit the shelves.” (Christian Science Monitor)

Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.

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  1. this is typical of crap made in china!!! they don’t have any regulations that are followed and if they can use cheaper stuff to make something they do. if they can substitute and old leftover chemical or ingredient, they do. they just make crap!!!! if mcdonalds specified and had them made in the good old USA, then they would not have this problem. so they saved a few dollars to get them made, now they lose 10 times that savings on the recall and up coming frivolous lawsuits. idiots!!!

  2. This is SO maddedning! And – yes – upgogirl, you are SO right, the CRAP from China. Where is the quality control? Who at Disney or Dreamworks (whoever made this money) is looking out for KIDS they are catering and marketing too?

    I am SO SICK of the Chinese impacting us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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