McDonald’s recalled 12 million of its “Shrek” drinking glasses after concerns that the glasses may have been tainted with cadmium. Cadmium is a used to create reds and yellows on glassware. McDonald’s created four different glasses each with a different “Shrek” character printed on them. The images were made with enamel baked onto them as opposed to being painted, a common industry standard. However, excessive levels of cadmium were detected, which alerted McDonald’s and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”). Although the cadmium did not exceed the current permissible level, it did exceed the new regulations that the CPSC are in the process of formulating. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, McDonald’s and CPSC decided to recall the glasses; 7 million of which have already been sold and 5 million of which were in stores available for sale. This was the first U.S.-made product to be recalled for excess cadmium levels. The potential danger of these glasses would come from long term exposure to low levels of cadmium.
The unfortunate reality of recalls is that the common person has no way to detect the dangerous chemicals that may exist in products similar to these.
A child injury lawyer may be helpful if you believe your child has been adversely affected by recall items or other dangerous / defective products.
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