McDonald’s Recalls Shrek™ Glasses

On June 4, 2010, McDonald’s issued a recall of all of their Shrek Forever After™ glasses. It was found that the paint on the exterior of the glasses contain cadmium. It is important to note that the glass itself was not contaminated. Cadmium is a soft metal found in dirt. We all inhale microscopic amounts of this which doesn’t cause any harm. However, touching this metal in concentrated amounts is known to cause cancer, permanently lowers IQ in children, results in learning disabilities, causes kidney and bone damage. In addition, in children, the amounts of this toxin continue to accumulate in the kidneys over time, affecting children’s health more than adults. For more information, on cadmium, please see my post on February 22, 2010. Glasses previously sold at McDonald’s were not included in the recall.

As of June 9, 2010, the glasses can be returned for a refund of $3 per glass at any McDonald’s. For more information, go to www.mcdonalds.com/glasses or call them at 800-244-6227.

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About Nancy M. Silva, MD, FAAP

I'm a Board Certified Pediatrician. I've been in practice since 2000. I'm happily married with two children. I graduated Medical School from the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY. My Pediatric Residency training was at University of South Florida, College of Medicine. I've been in private practice since 2000. As a medical student, I had the privilege to care for children at Kings County Hospital & Downstate Medical Center in urban Brooklyn. As a resident, I cared for children at Tampa General Hospital & All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. These experiences helped shape the Pediatrician I am today.

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