McDonald’s Willingly Complies with Shrek Movie Glass Recall.
McDonald’s Corporation (of Oak Brook, Illinois), in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is voluntarily recalling 12 million “Shrek Forever After 3D” drinking glasses (as of Friday, June 3rd).
Apparently, the 16-ounce Shrek glasses contain more than painted images of the popular Shrek movie characters (including Shrek, Fiona, Donkey and Puss n’ Boots).
The “Shrek Forever After 3D” glasses, sold for $2.00 apiece at McDonald’s fast food restaurants nationwide, may also contain small amounts of cadmium, an extremely toxic metal. Apparently, cadmium has been found in the paint used on the designs on the outside of the Shrek glasses.
Beginning in May 2010, McDonald’s fast food restaurants had offered the Shrek glasses as a promotion linked to the 2010 DreamWorks 3D animated motion picture Shrek Forever After 3D. The glasses were manufactured by Arc International North America (of Millville, New Jersey).
How did McDonald’s and the CPSC learn of the cadmium danger in the Shrek glasses?
An anonymous caller alerted California State Representative Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) to the potential cadmium danger in the McDonald’s Shrek glasses. Congresswoman Jackie Speier contacted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissions (CPSC), which tested several samples of the Shrek glasses before urging the recall.
Customers who purchased the recalled Shrek glasses from McDonald’s restaurants have been urged to stop using them immediately and to keep the glasses out of the hands of children. Purchasers may return the glasses to McDonald’s restaurants for full refunds.
No actual injuries or illnesses have been reported from users of the McDonald’s “Shrek Forever After 3D” glasses, although the McDonald’s corporate website (including the online link offered for customers seeking specific information about the Shrek glasses recall and refund instructions) was jammed for several hours after the June 3rd announcement.
McDonald’s customers were invited to call the company toll-free (1-800-244-6227) as well.
Why is cadmium dangerous?
Even in trace amounts, cadmium (periodic element: Cd) poses severe health risks to humans (and perhaps to ogres as well). A proven carcinogen (cancer-causing agent), cadmium can also cause bone, gastrointestinal, immunological, kidney, lung, neurological, psychological, reproductive and other health problems.
A few months before the McDonald’s recall of Shrek glassware, several discount stores were required to recall costume jewelry and children’s toys containing cadmium as well.
Cadmium may be found in certain electrical batteries, industrial coatings and paints.