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McDonald's Recall: 12 Million Tainted Shrek Glasses

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McDonald's has issued a recall for 12 million "Shrek Forever After 3D" drinking glasses after learning they are tainted with cadmium.

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Barb Knight (1687)
Friday June 4, 2010, 10:07 am
I hope all my dear friends who have children or grandchildren will read this!! If the article doesn't come up after a few hrs/days please Google!!

Barb Knight (1687)
Friday June 4, 2010, 10:15 am
Please leave a comment, also!! Thnx!!

Sandra Watson (77)
Friday June 4, 2010, 10:25 am
Thank you

Annie J (205)
Friday June 4, 2010, 10:32 am
no surprises here, they poison people on a daily basis...thanks BarbCat

Friday June 4, 2010, 11:28 am
what utter botch - to notice the poison-content only after million glasses have not only been produced and bought but also distributed !

btw: is there still Cd being used for car-tires (someof which we than inhale with street-dust) ?

Alice C (1797)
Friday June 4, 2010, 11:49 am
Thank you for posting this important information Barb.

Past Member (0)
Friday June 4, 2010, 1:48 pm
This is gonna cost them, Big Time!!
Thanks Barb

. (0)
Friday June 4, 2010, 2:39 pm
Trust McDonalds !!!!! Thanks Barb hun.

Lydia S (155)
Friday June 4, 2010, 5:23 pm
However the recall is played out, so far McDonalds is saying don't use the glasses, What no refunds??

gail dair (0)
Friday June 4, 2010, 6:27 pm
Thanks BarbCat

Linda Mills (104)
Friday June 4, 2010, 8:30 pm
noted & shared. thanks barb.

Beth Wakefield (11)
Friday June 4, 2010, 9:38 pm
yikes. I will pass this on.

Chris V (264)
Friday June 4, 2010, 10:03 pm
Another reason not to eat at McDonalds. Not only is their food tainted, but their cups too!

Mike H (252)
Friday June 4, 2010, 11:38 pm
I think this is just the tip of the iceberg. There is much more of this type of thing in foods and non foods.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 3:13 am
Yikes..and they were selling them anyway ?? thanks Barb

Carolyn S (151)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 3:59 am
I sent this on to all my friends. Thanks.

Pam J (77)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 4:32 am
Thanks, Barb! My daughter bought these glasses for my grandsons. I'm calling right away to return them.

Edwin M (346)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 5:25 am
As big as McDonalds is you would think that they would have some sort of quality control on their promotional material, and I'm sure they do,so why did they allow these glasses to be sold? You don't think money would be the reason do you?

Pam Burton (25)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 5:35 am
And-OF COURSE-These were purchased from and "crafted" in CHINA????or INDIA????And we wonder WHY our kids have so many medical problem...It's all that POLLUTED CHEAP IMPORTED CRAP we get for to keep them amused!!

. (0)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 5:40 am
noted~ Thanks for sharing!!

Mike M (43)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 5:42 am
It is hard to understand why this was not checked before they were ever shipped to this country. Americans must be getting stupider by the day

Joy Wong (103)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 6:00 am
Noted. Thanks for sharing BarbCat.

Mack David (100)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 6:21 am
Thanks for getting the word out about mcchemicals......................
It will bring a good outcome for the future and products will be more organic minded????????

Jean Lord (46)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 6:43 am
Thanks for sharing. This is awful.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 7:02 am
darn and I had just gotten my last one the day before the recall

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 7:23 am
Thanks , I will pas it on !!!

gone g (133)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 7:25 am
I no longer eat my occasional fry there anymore so I have no reason to go there at all. I sure hope this ends well. Thanks so much for this important info.

Peter B (54)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 7:47 am
Thankyou for shariing Barb.Have shared and noted.

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 7:48 am
I agree with Wolf, these types of things should pass inspection BEFORE released, especially in the case of being produced for children.

Little A (33)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 8:46 am
As if there weren't enough reasons to not visit McDonalds.

Kathy Javens (104)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 8:47 am
i rarely eat there except for the occasional salad when i am in a hurry,but my granddaughter likes to eat there.i think i will ween her away from there and maybe go to subway a little bit more. signed and shared. thank you and a peaceful day to all.

Lynn M (192)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 8:49 am
Thanks for posting this very important story. McPoisons...2 billion killed?

Bob E (113)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 8:49 am
Manufacturers MUST pay attention to what they produce… This time it was an American company not Chinese...

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 11:27 am
Awful...thank you for posting this!

Shevlin R (10)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 12:02 pm
Not only their food is poison. The glasses may have been made by an American company, but I wonder where the paint came from.

I haven't eaten at McDonald's since the story about someone found a fried chicken head in their McNuggets. Whether it is true or not, it stopped me from doing business with them and I have not missed them one bit in the past 10 years, or so. In fact, I have expanded my lack of loss for that particular chain to ALL fast food restaurants and I find they really are not necessary.

Cheree M (46)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 12:48 pm
This doesn't surprise me at all. Sadly noted. TY Barb

Dave K (308)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 1:01 pm
McGlasses made in China no doubt. They seem yo be the poison manufactures of choice. Cheep and the poison is free ; )

April Thompson (2)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 1:01 pm
It should never happen! I have the glasses but we never intended to use them to drink. We just collect them.

Dave K (308)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 1:03 pm
China = poison. Simple equation

Mary D (64)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 1:22 pm
If people must go to McDonald's which not only perpetuate the concept of s**t food, but also add to the environmental crisis by pushing paper cups and wrappings, then bring your own cups, and, if you're going to eat your meal right there, ask if they can forget about the wrappers and the styrofoam boxes. Again, this practice is undoubtedly less convenient than the present practice, but actually would in the long run not only make a difference to the environment, but might - just might - reduce McDonalds' costs, and perhaps make the food a bit cheaper. If any of you work for the McDonalds' corporation, think of the great PR this would bring: "McDonald's cares about the environment." It might just undo the blow to the company's image generated by this particular calamity.

Barb Knight (1687)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 1:44 pm
In this case, the glasses were made in the U.S. ARC International Millville, N.J.

Barb Knight (1687)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 2:01 pm
********FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL MCDONALD'S FROM 10am-6pm at 800-244-6227 or VISIT THEIR RECALL PAGE*************

Karin M (43)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 2:24 pm
thanks BarbCat Kay for posting this.

Shey is away for awhile (67)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 3:40 pm
I wouldn't expect anything else, their food is poison, stands to reason their glasses would be too but this is something that needs to be shared.., and I did.

Judith C (159)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 3:40 pm
thanks. noted.

Adam G (10)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 3:54 pm
McDonalds supplying poison utensils... sounds perfectly suited to the poisonous cr@p they serve up as "food".

allowing kids to eat that toxic garbage is child abuse. if you feed that sh!t to your kids, then you belong in gaol.

Beth P (32)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 4:30 pm
Thanks for the heads up BarbCat.

Teresa K (33)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 6:31 pm
Thank you so much for this. noted.

Jan Billy Pedersen (43)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 6:32 pm
Thanks :)

Ness F (211)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 6:39 pm
Thanks Barbcat!
Unbelieveable...again $$ speaks volumes and what no one checks to see what they are using to print on these drinking vessels is poisonous???!!!


Terry B (649)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 7:11 pm
Maybe McDonalds is working on solving the greatest threat to our planet, overpopulation. Thallium is more efficient, however.

Jen Kae (102)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 9:36 pm
At least they recalled it. That's what happens when people exploit eachother. To the vegetarian who wished us meat eaters, not all people who go to McD's are meat eaters, so get your facts straight before you condemn us to death. How would you like it if someone told you to go suck on a stick of arsenic?

KS Goh (0)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 1:36 am
Thanks for the alert.

Mary D (64)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 2:49 am
Why are you meat eaters so defensive? No one is saying that you are bad and wrong. When people find something that works for them, and might work for others, they tend to be enthusiastic about it and want to spread the word. But I have never seen any Care2 post that has ever said that meat eaters were bad and wrong. I don't like taking drugs of any kind, but when I was sick last year I took whatever meds the doctors gave me. This doesn't, however, make me a hopeless drug addict - and so far no one here has called me one.

One of my sons is a vegetarian, and the other still eats meat. I wish he would become vegetarian, for health and environmental reasons, but I don't judge him for making his own food choices. I certainly don't think he's bad and wrong for it. Nor do I - and most of the vegetarian/vegans on this list don't seem to judge people that way either.

Just because we're not enthusiastic about McDonald's and the quality of their food, and, in this case, their cups that turned out to be dangerous, doesn't mean that we judge people with different food choices to be bad and wrong. You're reading us wrong - at least, this is my take on the situation. Occasionally, in a pinch, I rush into McDonalds and grab a bag of French fries. Yet I wouldn't recommend that anyone make this their main diet. Cool down!

Linda M (1748)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 4:50 am
Made in China, by any chance? I'm glad I don't buy toys for kids now. I wouldn't know where to begin!!

Dave K (308)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 5:45 am
OK -- not China, we can screw things up also : ) again and again and again.

LOS ANGELES — McDonald's is recalling 12 million drinking glasses it was selling to promote the new "Shrek" movie because painted designs on the U.S.-made collectibles contain the toxic metal cadmium.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which 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," were available in four designs depicting the characters Shrek, Princess Fiona, Puss in Boots and Donkey.

In the animated comedy, which debuted May 21 as the latest installment of the successful DreamWorks Animation franchise, the voice of Shrek is performed by Mike Myers of "Austin Powers" fame, Cameron Diaz performs as Princess Fiona, Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots and Eddie Murphy voices Donkey. The movie has been No. 1 at the box office since its release.

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.

In the case of the Shrek-themed glassware, the potential danger would be long-term exposure to low levels of cadmium, which could leach from the paint onto a child's hand, then enter the body if the child puts that unwashed hand to his or her mouth.

Cadmium can be used to create reds and yellows in paint. McDonald's USA spokesman Bill Whitman said a pigment in paint on the glasses contained cadmium.

"A very small amount of cadmium can come to the surface of the glass, and in order to be as protective as possible of children, CPSC and McDonald's worked together on this recall," said CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson. He would not specify the amounts of cadmium that leached from the paint in tests, but said the amounts were "slightly above the protective level currently being developed by the agency."

Wolfson said the glasses have "far less cadmium than the children's metal jewelry that CPSC has previously recalled."

Concerns about cadmium exposure emerged in January, when The Associated Press reported that some items of children's jewelry sold at major national chains contained up to 91% of the metal. Federal regulators worry that kids could ingest cadmium by biting, sucking or even swallowing contaminated pendants and bracelets.

The consumer protection agency has issued three recalls this spring for jewelry highlighted in the AP stories, including products sold at Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer; at Claire's, a major jewelry and accessories chain in North America and Europe; and at discount and dollar stores.

Those recalls all involved children's metal jewelry — and all of that jewelry was made in China.

The McDonald's glasses, manufactured by ARC International of Millville, N.J., were to be sold from May 21 into June. Roughly seven million of the glasses had been sold; approximately five million more are in stores or have not yet been shipped, said Whitman.

Associated Press reporters tried unsuccessfully to buy the glasses late Thursday at McDonald's in New York, Los Angeles and northern New Jersey but were alternately told the merchandise was sold out, no longer available or "there'll be more tomorrow."

The company that makes the drinking glasses said it only learned of the problem late Thursday and will look into it. Tom Reed, vice president of human resources at Arc International's plant in Millville, N.J., said the company received a copy of a McDonald's memo on the recall but has not heard anything else.

Reed would not say where the paint was made or whether it's used in Arc's other products. Arc is based in France and owns the Pyrex brand of cookware in Europe.

McDonald's said it was asking customers to stop using the glasses "out of an abundance of caution."

"We believe the Shrek glassware is safe for consumer use," Whitman said. "However, again to ensure that our customers receive safe products from us, we made the decision to stop selling them and voluntarily recall these products effective immediately."

Whitman said that as the CPSC develops new protocols and standards for cadmium in consumer products, "we adjust as necessary to ensure that our customers can continue to trust what they receive from McDonald's."

Federal scrutiny of the glasses began last week. The Washington office of U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat who has proposed strictly limiting cadmium in jewelry, received what a spokesman described as an anonymous tip that testing with an X-ray gun that estimates how much cadmium an item contains indicated the metal was present in the glass paint. Speier's office requested samples of the glasses from the tipster, and upon receiving them May 27 sent them to the CPSC for further investigation.

"Our children's health should not depend on the consciences of anonymous sources," Speier said in a statement Friday. "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."

Associated Press writer Geoff Mulvihill in Millville, New Jersey, contributed to this report.
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Dave K (308)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 5:47 am
Just to highlight:

The McDonald's glasses, manufactured by ARC International of Millville, N.J., were to be sold from May 21 into June. Roughly seven million of the glasses had been sold; approximately five million more are in stores or have not yet been shipped, said Whitman.

Dave K (308)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 5:50 am
By the way -- Mcd's food ain't much better for your health.

Jesse C (2)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 6:29 am
dont do anything McDonalds!!

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 5:32 pm
Thanks, Barb.

Elle S (6)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 6:23 pm
oh no

Lisa Turner (74)
Monday June 7, 2010, 5:28 am
More toxic poison ! When will this end.

Carla Jacob (11)
Friday June 11, 2010, 7:03 am
McDonalds recalled the glasses before anyone got ill. Ok now let this go and concentrate on the important issues facing our world today. Sometimes people just need to bitch about something. How about bitching about abuse to women, children and animals. If we put half our energy in the real problems instead of some glasses the world would be a better place to live.

Dalia H (1280)
Friday June 11, 2010, 7:09 am
Noted and Thank You so much my Beloved BarCat for posting this and keep us informed.
Much Love,

Lena Karlsson (5)
Wednesday June 30, 2010, 3:22 am
And what happens to the glasses? do they get thrown away? ...or perhaps sold cheap to foreign countries? A friend of mine had bought some similar glasses from a big kiosk-chain in Finland. Not good.
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