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McDonald’s Recall: ‘Shrek’ Glasses Contain Toxic Metal Cadmium

by on Jun.06, 2010, under China QC Inspection Blog

A recall of 12 million cadmium-tainted “Shrek” drinking glasses sold by McDonald’s raises questions about the safety of millions of similar cheap promotional products that have been sitting in Americans’ kitchen cabinets for years.

Only glasses produced for the latest “Shrek” movie are included in the voluntary recall announced Friday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, but they were made by a company that McDonald’s has worked with for 15 years. And many other companies make similar glassware with cartoon characters or other designs baked in.

Cadmium is a carcinogen that research shows also can cause bone softening and severe kidney problems. Research also suggests that it can, like lead, hinder brain development in the very young. The CPSC said in its recall notice that long-term exposure to the element “can cause adverse health effects.”

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If a company like McDonald’s is having these issues from a reputable US based supplier with whom they have had a long reputation, what chance do buyers  have buying online half a world away?

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QPI Ltd, can provide Inward Quality Control (IQC) to test batches of raw materials, or sample finished product during the production cycle.

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