McDonald’s has issued a recall of 12 million of its Shrek-themed glasses because the glasses’ design contains the toxic chemical cadmium. These Shrek glasses are likely not putting children in imminent risk, but long-term exposure to cadmium – which is undeniably toxic – can be harmful.
The disturbing part of this little saga is how the recall came about. Apparently, the recall originated with an anonymous tip to a congressman from California that the Shrek glasses contained this toxic substance. The congressman, Rep. Jackie Speier, had the Consumer Product Safety Commission test the glasses, and sure enough, the Shrek glasses contained cadmium.
An anonymous call? Ah, yeah, we will need to know a little more about that. We should also get an answer to the classic question: what did McDonald’s know about these Shrek glasses and when did it know it.
Congressman Speier stated the obvious: “Our children’s health should not depend on the consciences of anonymous sources. 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.”