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This morning, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and McDonald’s announced a recall of 12,000,000 Shrek theme glasses.

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The Shrek -themed drinking glasses have cadmium in the painted design. 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. Cadmium is a known carcinogen that can cause kidney problems and soften bones.

The 16-ounce glasses, which have been sold for about $2 each and were available in four designs depicting the main characters from the animated movie.

Consumers should immediately stop using the glasses. McDonald’s said it would post instructions on its website next week regarding refunds.

Consumers can contact McDonald’s toll-free at (800) 244-6227 or visit the firm’s website at

In looking at their website it is interesting that under the McDonald’s toy rules it says:

McDonald’s suppliers do not use lead-based paint on Happy Meal toys. This safety

step has been a McDonald’s mandate for more than 20 years.

There does not seem to be any pictures or information on the site about the glasses at this time.

Interesting follow ups on the recall:

Anonymous Tip to CA Congresswoman Leads to Recall of 12 Million Shrek Glasses by McDonald’s, Paul Napoli | June 06, 2010 12:13 AM

McDonald’s Recalls Shrek Glasses Over Cadmium, Jane Akre, June 04, 2010 11:33 AM


  1. Gravatar for rene

    i have three glasses that are from the original shrek promotion years ago, my wife and i have several autoimune dieseases. can these glasses be a reason?

  2. I haven't seen anything about those glasses, if you still have them you could have them tested to find out. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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