Have you seen those $2 Shrek drinking glasses that McDonald’s has been selling to promote the movie? If so, you’d best avoid them. They contain cadmium, an industrial chemical known to cause everything from cancer to the exotically-named Itai-Itai disease, which softens your bones and makes your kidneys fail.
Needless to say, McDonald’s has recalled the Shrek glasses. The Christian Science Monitor has the story:
Some 12 million Shrek-themed glasses sold exclusively by the fast-food giant from May through June were recalled Friday. It turns out that the cartoon designs on the $2 glasses contain cadmium, a toxic chemical associated with industrial metal processing.
If you have one of the 16-ounce glasses, which came in four versions emblazoned with designs of Shrek, Fiona, Puss n’ Boot,s and Donkey, you should stop using it immediately, the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) warns. Customers can obtain full refunds by visiting the company’s website.
The recall originated with an anonymous tip last week. The tipster warned Rep. Jackie Speier (D) of California that the glasses contained cadmium. Her office contacted the CPSC, and the glasses were sent for testing.
“Our children’s health should not depend on the consciences of anonymous sources,” said Representative Speier in a statement. “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.”
Incidentally, China, where those glasses were most likely produced, is the world’s biggest producer of cadmium. It sounds like McDonald’s might also want to consider checking out the standards in the factories it outsources to.