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McDonald's recall puts spotlight on cadmium's dangers
« on: June 05, 2010, 09:01:46 PM »
The massive McDonald's recall of Shrek glasses for containing cadmium in the painted design is just the beginning of an expected onslaught of problems for some distributors of children's products because the highly toxic metal is increasingly being used instead of lead, industry insiders say.

McDonald's Canada on Friday announced the voluntarily recall of 1.4 million Shrek-themed drinking glasses following Thursday's recall of 12 million glasses in the United States.

Tests conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found cadmium in the cartoon designs on the glasses at levels "slightly over the commission's highly protective level currently being developed," according to a spokeswoman.

Cadmium is carcinogenic at high levels and can have adverse health effects at low levels of exposure if the metal is ingested by children. In this instance, the risk of potential long-term exposure to low levels involve mouthing the painted design or the leaching from the paint onto a children's hand, then into the body if the child puts the unwashed hand into their mouth.


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