Concerned about the potential personal injury risk posed by millions of cadmium-laced Shrek Forever After promotional glasses sold in their stores, McDonald’s in Philadelphia and across the U.S. have started offering $3 refunds to Philadelphia consumers to return the glasses. Sold by McDonald’s stores for $2, more than 7 million of the colorfully-painted glasses have been purchased by Philadelphia and other American consumers since going on sale May 21.
Last Friday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the voluntary recall of 12 million defective product Shrek glasses when painted designs were found to contain the toxic substance cadmium which has the potential to cause injuries to children. This week, the burger giant started offering $3 refunds. Philadelphia consumers can return the defective glasses to any McDonald’s. Let the lawyers of the Pearce Law Firm help you in your time of need.
A known carcinogen, cadmium has been implicated in several recalls of metal jewelry since the first of the year. In January, laboratory tests ordered by the Associated Press revealed the potential personal injury risk of cadmium-tainted products made in China. Christmas-themed and best friends charm bracelets marketed to young children were found to contain up to 90% cadmium. More recently, Miley Cyrus jewelry marketed to teens and young women was recalled when it was found to contain cadmium.
Used in the production of batteries, metal coatings and plastics, cadmium can also be used in paint to produce the colors red and yellow. Long-term exposure to cadmium is known to cause cancer, bone softening, severe kidney problems and may hinder brain development in young children. The McDonald’s recall is the first cadmium incident involving American-made products. The glasses were made by Arc International at its New Jersey plant. Previous cadmium recalls have involved Chinese-manufactured consumer products. The CPSC is currently developing consumer product standards to limit the use of toxic metals in U.S. consumer products. Read more about our firm here.