The CPSC has announced a recall of 12 million drinking glasses sold at McDonald’s restaurants over the last couple of months, according to a story in the New York Times. The glasses were a part of the promotion of the new movie Shrek Forever, which came out in May. The glasses feature different characters from the movie and contain cadmium.
Cadmium is a known carcinogen and can induce several types of cancer. Industrial exposures to cadmium can cause metal fume fever in workers and can progress to pneumonitis, pulmonary edema and even death. Long term cadmium exposures have been shown to cause kidney disease and softening of the bones. In the case of the Shrek glasses, children could receive long-term exposures from using the glasses on a daily basis. Recently, cadmium was found in metal jewelry manufactured in China and sold at various retailers such as Wal-Mart and Claires.
China continues to bombard our children with dangerous chemicals, from many different sources. The CPSC needs to be vigilant about this and the lead problems in products coming from China. Our children’s future health depends on it.