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.
Long-term exposure to the substance can lead to “adverse health effects,” said the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) in a statement.
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 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."
Speier is calling for tougher safety standards for children's products.
No injuries resulting from the glasses have been reported. For additional information, contact McDonald’s at (800) 244-6227 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. central time Monday through Friday.