McDonalds Recall: Should More Have Been Done?

By Jamie Pert - Jun 4, 2010

We have recently heard that McDonald’s have voluntarily recalled 12 million Shrek glasses, these glasses are painted with Shrek characters such as Donkey, Shrek, Princess Fiona and Puss in boots, however the paint they used contains excessive amounts of a harmful chemical element called Cadmium.

Cadmium poisoning is a well-known hazard in many industry processes, the real risk is associated with inhalation of fumes containing Cadmium, however this is not a risk with recalled glasses as McDonald’s are only reporting a small amount of the toxin in the glass’s paint, which experts believe could cause possible kidney damage.

It is good that McDonald’s have recalled the glasses, however the real question is should more be done before such products become available to such a wide-range of consumers, lets face it this is not the first time a McDonald’s toy/gift has been regarded a hazard to the public (mainly children).

Personally I think product recalls are becoming more and more frequent, therefore should such products go through more testing and investigation before being rolled out?

I think it would be in everyone’s interest if an independent safety inspection took place before products of this nature become mainstream, it’s obvious that the measures in-place at the moment are not up to standard.

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  • Dipesh

    you McDonalds lovers trust me the company uses many genetically modified chickens to make food. they also use chemical that can harm our body so avoid McDonalds food. these glasses are used to attract customers I know this because I have used McDonalds part of my study and trust me the company is unnatural.

  • stephanie h

    This is very scary to know I had 2 kidney infection withing a short time after buying these glasses for no known reasons now I am wondering if this could have been the cause I seen that it causes kidney problems but is it possible it caused a kidney infection? Taking mine back tommorow as my 6, 3, and 2 year old all drink from them!!

  • Ron

    I and many others also have shrek glasses from the third movie and I'm wondering if they're contaminated as well? Did they come from the same place? Mine are used regularly for about 2 years now.

    • Jamie Pert

      Not as far as I know, apparently from what I know it is only the glasses for “Shrek Forever After”

  • Ron

    I would venture to say that these glasses were made in China, or at least painted there? You'd think Americans would have learned by now not to buy or sell anything made in China!