Is YOUR child drinking Tang from his favorite Shrek-themed drinking glass right now? If so, you may be dooming him to soft bones and failed kidneys, because these glasses are laced with cadmium, which is used as pigmentation on the outside of the glasses. McDonald's has already sold 7 million of these bad boys, and now they're recalling every last one. But the company insists there's no real danger, they're just playing it safe.
"We believe the Shrek glassware is safe for consumer use," says McDonald's flack Bill Whitman. "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." Although the cadmium is on the exterior of the glass, there's concern it will "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," the AP reports.
Previously on Cadmium Scares, Claire's and at NY-area dollar-stores were caught selling childrens' jewelry containing 91% cadmium in January. All the jewelry, which was later recalled, was made in China. The cadmium on the Shrek glasses comes from paint used in a factory in New Jersey, ARC International of Millville. They have about five million glasses left that are in stores or have not yet been shipped. A spokesman for Arc would not tell the AP where the paint was made or whether it's used in Arc's other products; the company is based in France and owns the Pyrex brand of cookware in Europe.