McDonald’s is recalling 12 million glasses sold as a promotional tie-in to the new “Shrek” movie because they contain the toxic metal, cadmium.
The voluntary recall is a rare slip-up for McDonald’s, which is known for rigid oversight of its suppliers, and could hurt the burger chain’s image among families with small children, which have been key to McDonald’s growth.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday that the designs on the glasses, which were sold for about $2 since the early May, contain cadmium, which can cause health risks with long-term exposure. The CPSC warned consumers to immediately stop using the glasses. The 16-ounce glasses, promoting the movie â€˜Shrek Forever After,â€™ were manufactured by ARC International, of Millville, N.J.
No illnesses or injuries have been reported, but McDonald’s has asked consumers to stop using the glasses and return them for a full refund.
McDonald’s says the glasses met federal standards when tested by an independent third-party laboratory, but decided to recall the items “in light of the CPSC’s evolving assessment of standards for cadmium in consumer products.”
The glasses do not pose an “acute risk” to children, Scott Wolfson, a spokesman for the CSPC said, as the amount of cadmium in them is slightly above a standard the commission is developing. He said the amount of the metal found is “far below” the level found in three previous recalls of children’s metal jewelry. “McDonald’s acted swiftly to stop their sale and is refunding the purchase price to anyone who returns the collectible glasses,” Wolfson said.
McDonald’s said it would post instructions on its website next week regarding refunds.