Step Away From the Shrek Glass
McDonald’s recalls 12 million drinking glasses because of a hazardous chemical.
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 (www.cpsc.gov), 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.
McDonald’s asked all consumers who bought the glasses to stop using them immediately. For information about a refund, visit www.mcdonalds.com/glasses. 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.