McDonald’s will recall “Shrek” movie drinking glasses because federal regulators found they contain the toxic metal cadmium, which poses health risks. Cadmium has been discovered in the painted design on McDonald’s “Shrek”-themed drinking glasses being sold nationwide. In a voluntary recall, McDonald’s is pulling 12 million of the U.S.-made collectibles. The toxic metal is now being used beyond imported children’s jewelry.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, chaired by South Carolinian Inez Tenenbaum announced the voluntary recall early Friday, warned consumers to immediately stop using the glasses; McDonald’s said it would post instructions on its website next week regarding refunds.
The 16-ounce glasses, being sold for about $2 each as part of a promotional campaign for the movie “Shrek Forever After,” have 4 designs.
The CPSC noted in its recall notice that “long-term exposure to cadmium can cause adverse health effects.” Cadmium is a known carcinogen that research shows also can cause bone softening and severe kidney problems.
Tenenbaum says her agency is toughening up on the use of such metals proven to be harmful to children.