04 June, 2010

McDonald's recalls 12 mn Shrek drinking glasses

McDonald's Corp has recalled 12 million "Shrek"-themed drinking glasses after the Consumer Product Safety Commission warned consumers to stop using them because they contain the toxic metal cadmium. Cadmium was found in the painted design of the movie characters on the glassware, which McDonald's outlets in the United States sold for about $2 each, according to the CPSC.

The CPSC said designs on the glasses, made by ARC International in Millville, New Jersey, contain cadmium and "long-term exposure can cause adverse health effects." Cadmium is a known carcinogen that research shows also can cause bone softening and severe kidney problems.

The sale of the 16-ounce glasses was part of the promotional campaign for the movie "Shrek Forever After," which was produced by DreamWorks Animation and released by Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures

McDonald's last recall with the CPSC occurred in 2002, involving 100,000 Chicago Bears bobble head figurines with paint that contained excess levels of lead.