McDonald’s has recalled about 13.4 million promotional drinking glasses for the movie “Shrek Forever After 3D”, as they cadmium, which can cause health problems with long-term exposure.
The McDonald’s Shrek glasses recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on June 4. The 16-ounce glasses were manufactured by ARC International, of Millville, New Jersey, and distributed by McDonald’s restaurants in connection to the new animated movie.
The presence of cadmium was brought to the CPSC’s attention by Congresswoman Jackie Speier after it was discovered that the toxic metal was used in the painted designs on the glasses. Over time, the cadmium could wear off on childrens’ hands and be consumed.
Although there have been no illnesses or injuries associated with the recalled McDonald’s Shrek glasses, consumers have been urged to stop using them immediately.
Cadmium is a toxic metal that is often a by-product of zinc production. Before its toxicity was understood, it was used as a paint pigment and as corrosion-resistant plating on steel. Cadmium is a known carcinogen and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks cadmium as the seventh most hazardous substance in the environment. Cadmium poisoning is considered an occupational hazard in some industrial processes and can cause metal fume fever, pulmonary edema, pneumonitis and death. It has also been found to cause developmental problems in children.
The recall affects all 12 million 16-ounce “Shrek” glasses distributed nationwide from May 2010 through June 2010 by McDonald’s in the U.S., and more than a million sold in Canada. The glasses sold for about $2 and are painted in four different designs featuring the main characters for the movie.
Customers can go to the McDonald’s website at www.mcdonalds.com for information on how to obtain a full refund.