Cadmium Hazard in McDonald’s “Shrek” Beverage Glass Recall
What’s the problem?
October 8, 2010 – When McDonalds recalled 12 million “Shrek” beverage glasses in June because the designs contained cadmium, consumers were told the glasses weren’t toxic but were being recalled out of an abundance of caution. But recently released regulatory records show that the recall was initiated after government scientists concluded a 6-year-old could be exposed to hazardous levels of the carcinogen after touching one of the glasses eight times in a day.
Government scientists performed a “wipe” test on the Shrek glasses, which was meant to simulate a child touching a glass. They moistened a paper or cloth wipe and rubbed the decal 10 times to see how much cadmium rubbed off. This was done three times on each glass and cadmium on the wipes was added up. The glass with the highest total of cadmium had about 15.83 micrograms.
Scientists then made calculations about how much cadmium a child might ingest from their hands and from touching the glass, which led to the estimate that eight strokes of the glass could cause a child to ingest a hazardous amount of cadmium.
Cadmium Poisoning Information
Cadmium is a known carcinogen which also damages kidneys, lungs and bones. The soft metal is used in paint pigmentation and batteries. It’s also in fertilizers, which means it ends up in soil and whatever grows in that soil. Humans ingest most cadmium through their diets, especially leafy greens. Cadmium is also in cigarettes.
Do I have a McDonalds Shrek Glass Recall Lawsuit?
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