Recall: McDonald’s Shrek Glasses – how unsafe are they?

This post was authored by Caitlynn Gillyard and posted to The Eye Opener on June 11th, 2010.

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Children across the globe have fallen in love with Dreamwork’s Shrek since it premiered in May of 2001. With the upcoming release of the latest film, Shrek: The Final Chapter, McDonald’s has joined in the promotion efforts.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the McDonald’s Corporation has sold a series of four Shrek glasses as memorabilia for the film, which was released into theaters May 21, 2010. However, the glasses are now reported to be unsafe.

Friday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the designs on the glasses, which were sold for about $2 since the beginning of May, contain cadmium, which can pose health risks with long-term exposure.

The McDonald’s Corporation is recalling nearly 12 million glasses that have been sold nation wide. The promotional glasses were manufactured by a local New Jersey company, ARC International North America Incorporated.

At this time, no injuries have been reported; the McDonald’s Corporation has recalled the products with an offer for a full refund.

McDonald’s says the glasses met federal standards when tested by an independent third-party laboratory but decided to recall the items “in light of the CPSC’s evolving assessment of standards for cadmium in consumer products.”

The Consumer Product safety claims that the glasses do not pose a serious threat to children as the levels of cadium are only slightly elevated in comparison to the standards the Commission is currently in the process of developing.

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