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McDonald’s Recalls “Shrek” Glasses Over Cadmium Contamination

Fast food chain McDonald’s is pulling out some 12 million “Shrek” glasses from its stores across the United States after tests showed that the collectibles contained cadmium. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the voluntary recall on Friday of the “Shrek”-themed collectibles, which sell for $2 each and come in four designs.

Cadmium is a metal that causes bone softening and severe kidney ailments in people who are exposed to the carcinogenic element for a long time. The “Shrek” glasses, which were released in time for the fourth installment of the animated franchise, use paint that contains cadmium.

The CPSC said small children could be exposed to the contaminated paint from the glasses if the kids put their unwashed hands into their mouths. McDonald’s USA spokesman Bill Whitman confirmed that “A very small amount of cadmium can come to the surface of the glass.” The recall comes a few months after the CPSC recalled children’s jewelry due to high levels of cadmium.