McDonalds recalls Shrek-themed glasses containing cadmium in Canada, U.S.

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McDonald's Canada is recalling all four versions of its "Shrek"-themed drinking glasses after a mass recall south of the border.
Earlier Friday, McDonald's in the U.S. recalled 12 million Shrek glasses because of cadmium in the painted design.
McDonald's Canada says its recall was made "in an abundance of caution" following consultations with Health Canada.
It says the voluntary recall was made after it learned of the changing assessment of standards for cadmium in consumer products in the U.S.
McDonald's Canada says the Shrek glassware was evaluated by an independent third-party laboratory and was fully in compliance with all applicable Canadian requirements when it was made and distributed.
Customers are instructed to stop using the glasses.
McDonald's says information on how to return the glasses and get a refund will be released shortly.
The 16-ounce glasses were being sold as part of a promotional campaign for the movie "Shrek Forever After."
They were available in four designs depicting the characters Shrek, Princess Fiona, Puss in Boots and Donkey.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned consumers to immediately stop using the glasses.
The U.S. recall notice states "long-term exposure to cadmium can cause adverse health effects."
Cadmium is a known carcinogen that research shows also can cause bone softening and severe kidney problems.
In the case of the Shrek-themed glassware, the potential danger would be long-term exposure to low levels of cadmium, which could leach from the paint onto a child's hand, then enter the body if the child puts that unwashed hand to his or her mouth.
Cadmium can be used to create reds and yellows in paint. McDonald's USA spokesman Bill Whitman said a pigment in paint on the glasses contained cadmium.
"A very small amount of cadmium can come to the surface of the glass, and in order to be as protective as possible of children, CPSC and McDonald's worked together on this recall," said CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson. He would not specify the amounts of cadmium that leached from the paint in tests, but said the amounts were "slightly above the protective level currently being developed by the agency."
Wolfson said the glasses have "far less cadmium than the children's metal jewelry that CPSC has previously recalled."
The consumer protection agency has issued three recalls this spring for jewelry including products sold at Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer; at Claire's, a major jewelry and accessories chain in North America and Europe; and at discount and dollar stores.
Those recalls all involved children's metal jewelry - and all of that jewelry was made in China.
Manufactured by ARC International of Millville, N.J., the glasses were to be sold from May 21 into June. Roughly seven million of the glasses had been sold in the U.S.; another approximately five million are in stores or have not yet been shipped, said Whitman.
McDonald's said it was asking customers to stop using the glasses as a precaution.
"We believe the Shrek glassware is safe for consumer use," Whitman said. "However, again to ensure that our customers receive safe products from us, we made the decision to stop selling them and voluntarily recall these products effective immediately."
Whitman said that as the CPSC develops new protocols and standards for cadmium in consumer products, "we adjust as necessary to ensure that our customers can continue to trust what they receive from McDonald's."

Organizations: McDonald's USA, CPSC, Health Canada U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Wal-Mart ARC International

Geographic location: U.S., Canada, Boots North America Europe China Millville, N.J.

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