McDonald’s recall prompts House investigation of cadmium
The McDonald's recall of 12 million Shrek glasses has prompted a House investigation of cadmium in children's products.
As part of the larger inquiry, Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sent the fast food giant a letter on Wednesday. The California Democrat asked company officials to reveal what measures McDonald’s takes to ensure its products don't contain hazardous materials. The letter requested that all documents pertaining to the recall be submitted to the committee.
The glasses, which came in four versions decorated with likenesses of characters from the upcoming movie “Shrek Forever After,” were voluntarily recalled after cadmium was detected on the exterior enamel.
Before they were distributed, the glasses were found to meet state and federal safety requirements, said McDonald’s and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The company announced the recall in an “abundance of caution,” according to a statement, and the CPSC reiterated that the glasses were not toxic.
The detection was made as the CPSC prepares to set new safety standards on cadmium in all children’s products – currently, the agency only regulates levels of the toxic metal in children’s toys. The agency recalled a series of children's jewelry earlier this year for high levels of the substance. The CPSC suggested that McDonald’s voluntarily recall the Shrek glasses because the items would not meet the new standards, which have not yet been released, the New York Times reported.
McDonald’s has gone to extra lengths to appease customers upset about the recall and to make sure all the glasses are returned. The company is offering a $3 refund on the glasses, which cost consumers $2 with the purchase of a meal. McDonald's is losing a reported $15 million on the recall.