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McDonald's recalls 12 million Shrek glasses

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

A major consumer alert today. Glasses that could be in your family's kitchen could pose a danger.

McDonald's is recalling more than 12 million Shrek glasses sold in the restaurant because they contain dangerous levels of a possible cancer causing chemical.

Early today McDonald's announced that it was recalling the millions of Shrek-themed glasses. That's because of reports that the metal cadmium was found in the paint on the glasses.

No one can get there hands on the collectibles now, but with millions already sold, people have some concerns.

"I mean, any kid could get a hold to that," says McDonald's customer Ozelee Stennis.

That's the worry many people have after learning the McDonald's Shrek glasses are a health hazard.

McDonald's announced early this morning that it wants customers to stop using the 16-ounce glasses, but some say they think the notice came a little late.

"As big as the franchise is, they should have been on top of that," Stennis says.

Research shows that the glasses, which sold for about $2 each, have the metal cadmium in the decorative paint.

Some people just missed out on getting one of the cups.

"well, I was coming in today to eat, and we saw the Shrek glasses for sale, and I was going to be interested in purchasing one, and they told me they were being recalled," says McDonald's customer Jessie Bickers.

And thankfully, she says, she passed up on the now recalled Shrek glasses once before.

"Actually, I'm glad I didn't buy one the other day, because my son would be drinking out of it today," she says.

The cadmium found in the paint on the more than 12 million glasses recalled has been shown to cause bone softening in children and even severe kidney problems.

McDonald's plans to post instructions regarding refunds on its website sometime next week.

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