Friday, June 4, 2010

McDonalds Recalls 12 Million Cadmium-Tainted Shrek Glasses

McDonalds recalls 12 million Shrek drinking glasses because traces of Cadmium, a toxic metal, were found in the painted design. Shrek Forever After, the 4th Shrek movie, will not end happily ever after due to McDonalds recall of 12 million Shrek drinking glasses. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said the painted design on the Shrek glasses sold by McDonalds were made by ARC International in Millville, New Jersey. No deaths or injuries have been reported.
The sale of the 16-ounce glasses was part of the promotional campaign for the movie "Shrek Forever After," which was produced by DreamWorks Animation and released by Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures.

The glasses came in four designs with characters from the film: Shrek, Fiona, Puss in Boots and Donkey.

Shrek, the fourth movie in the series about the lovable green ogre's adventures in his fairy tale land, opened May 21 and is currently the most popular movie in North America, having grossed almost $150 million through the end of May. 1
1 McDonald's recalls 12 million Shrek drinking glasses

Tom Reed, vice president of human resources at Arc International’s plant in Millville, says the company received a copy of a McDonald’s memo on the recall of 12 million glasses but has not heard anything else.

Reed would not say where the paint was made or whether it’s used in Arc’s other products. Arc is based in France and owns the Pyrex brand of cookware in Europe. 2
2 NJ factory that makes ‘Shrek’ drinking glasses says it’s looking into recall over cadmium 

Conservative Wordsmith ™ Commentary: The Shrek Forever After drinking glasses were made in New Jersey, which is in America. The state of New Jersey is not located in China. Does this mean China is off the hook for this recall? Maybe not.

I must admit my initial thought, after reading that the drinking glasses were made in New Jersey, was "But where did the paint come from?" After doing more research, I discovered the article (see above) which mentions that Tom Reed, vice president of human resources at Arc International’s plant in Millville, New Jersey did not disclose where the paint was made.

Even though Arc is "based" in France, once again, this doesn't mean ingredients, like paint, used by Arc are from France.

Mr. Reed, I want to know the truth. Where was the Cadmium-tainted paint made? Was the paint used in the Shrek Forever After drinking glasses made in China? Can you please tell me?

McDonalds is an American company, and American children could have been at risk. Now don't get me wrong. I don't want to start yet another Conspiracy Theory. But I really would like to know where that paint was made, Mr. Reed.

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