Parents should stop using Shrek Forever After 3-D drinking glasses sold at McDonald’s because designs on the glasses contain cadmium, a poisonous metal, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced. (Click here for the recall statement.)
Cadmium is known to cause cancer, bone softening and severe kidney problems. Cadmium from paint on the Shrek glassware could transfer to a child’s hand, and then into the body if the child puts his hand in his mouth.
“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,“ said CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson. However, Wolfson also said he glasses have “far less cadmium than the children’s metal jewelry that CPSC has previously recalled.“
Of the 12 million Shrek glassess manufactured by ARC International of Millville, NJ, about 7 million have been sold, mainly at McDonald’s for about $2. McDonald’s has promised a refund of $3 to customers who return the glasses to any McDonald’s location.
In a statement on its website, McDonald’s said, "To be clear, the glassware was evaluated by an independent third-party laboratory which is accredited by the CPSC, and determined to be in compliance with all applicable federal and state requirements at the time of manufacture and distribution. However, in light of the CPSC’s evolving assessment of standards for cadmium in consumer products, McDonald’s determined in an abundance of caution that a voluntary recall of the Shrek Forever After glassware is appropriate."
Starting this January, the CPSC issued three recalls of children’s jewelry containing cadmium after the Associated Press reported kids’ bracelets and necklaces being sold by WalMart, Claire’s Boutiques and other retailers contained up to 91 percent cadmium. Those recalls included:
• About 55,000 “The Princess and the Frog” children’s necklaces sold at Walmart from Nov. 2009 through Jan. 2010 for $5. (Click here for the recall statement.)
• About 19,000 "Best Friends" Charm Bracelet sets sold at Claire’s Boutiques from Feb. 2009 through Jan. 2010 for about $12. (Click here for the recall statement.)
• An unknown number of Bumble Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer metal charm bracelets sold with winter and Christmas-themed charms including a snowman, Christmas tree, candy cane and snowflake. They were sold at discount and dollar stores from 2006 to March 2009 for about $1. (Click here for the recall statement.)